WEBSITES ON MATH FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
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All of the sites listed were active as of October 4, 2009. The evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the amount of information given, the general appearance of the site and its potential use in the classroom.
WEBSITES LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES WEBQUESTS
A+ PLUS MATH
A fun site where kids grades K-8 can learn math interactively. Sections: Game Room, Flash Cards, Homework Helper and Worksheets. Excellent
A huge site for basic math skills. Set up by grade level or math topic. Challenges and games. Excellent
ALLMATH.COM – MATH SITE FOR KIDS
A huge site with problems, calculators, converters, flash cards and more. Sections: Math Tools, Flash Cards, Metric Converter, The Magic Square (game), Math Glossary, Multiplication Table, Metric Conversion Factors and lots of links. Excellent
CALCULATION NATION – FREE ONLINE MATH
A colorful collection of math games for various grade levels. Students become a citizen of Calculation Nation and can then play all the games. “The games of Calculation Nation™ are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation™, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area — all while having fun. Use the links below to learn more about each game and to find resources that you can use to help kids uncover the math concepts embedded in the games.” Membership is free. Outstanding. Excellent
COOLMATH.COM – AN AMUSEMENT PARK OF MATH
Calculators, games, worksheets, word problems and more. Sections: Too Cool to Miss; Fractals; Math, etc.; Math Lesson, etc.; Coolmath Link Center; Fractions; Calculators; Graphing Calculators and more. A fun site that helps kids in grades K-6 learn. Excellent
CORNELL THEORY CENTER MATHEMATICS GATEWAY NEW URL!
A huge number of math links for teachers and students in grades 8 and up.. Excellent
ESCAPE FROM PLANET KNAB
Escape from Planet Knab by correctly figuring savings from wages. For grades 4-9. Excellent
FACTOR GAME NEW URL!
A math game for grades 6-8. “The Factor Game engages students in a friendly contest in which winning strategies involve distinguishing between numbers with many factors and numbers with few factors. Students are then guided through an analysis of game strategies and introduced to the definitions of prime and composite numbers.” Excellent
FIGURE THIS! MATH CHALLENGES FOR FAMILIES
A series of challenges for middle school students and families, all of which involve math. Note: You must download the software to take the challenges. Challenges include math computation, measurement, geometric shapes and more. Includes Teacher and Parent resources in PDF format. Excellent
A GALLERY OF INTERACTIVE GEOMETRY
Sections: WebPisces; Projective Conics; Build a Rainbow; Orbital Pinball; Quasi Tiler; Teichmuller Navigator; Kali; Integrator; and Unifweb. For junior/senior high students. Excellent
HANDLEY MATH PAGE
A high school level math page with extensive information. Sections: Math Humor, Problem of the Week, Math Facts, Puzzles, Math Poems & Songs, Lesson Plans, and Math Quotes. The lesson plans include Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Calculus Activities. Excellent
THE INTERNATIONAL BOILING POINT
“We have people all over the world boiling water! In the past we've had climbers on Mt. Everest, school children in La Paz, Bolivia and college professors in Cheyenne, Wyoming all participating in the project. The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of water, or heating device) has the greatest influence on boiling point. Anyone can participate in this year's project. All you have to do is boil a bit of water, record a bit of information, and send it along to us to include in the database of results. Then, students can analyze all of the data to reach an answer to the question: What causes a pot of water to boil? It's that simple!” Excellent
THE MACTUTOR HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS ARCHIVE
A collection of indexes of mathematics topics. For grade 7 and up. Sections: Biographies Index, History Topics Index, Famous Curves Index, Mathematicians of the Day, and more. Excellent
A collection of almost 300 math applets for middle to high school students. Sections: Middle School (Geometry), Trigonometry, Calculus, Vector, Complex Numbers, Conics, and Miscellaneous. Excellent
MATH CATS – MATH FUN FOR KIDS
Fun math projects and activities for K-5. Sections: Math Cats Explore, Math Cats Love Microworlds (projects), Math Crafts, Math Cats Art Gallery, Math Cats Attic and Math Cats Love Mail. Excellent
THE MATH FORUM – DREXEL UNIVERSITY
A gateway site to a vast amount of information on math for teachers and students at every level. Includes problems, puzzles, forums, and more. Several resources are listed individually on this site. Excellent
MATH IN DAILY LIFE
Math is used all the time in daily life. This PBS companion site discusses the use of math in different situations. Sections: Playing to Win, Savings & Credit, Population Growth, Home Decorating, Cooking by Numbers, The Universal Language, and Related Resources. Excellent
MATH-KITECTURE – REAL LIFE MATH, ARCHITECTURE AND
“Students can become architects in their mathematics classrooms. Math-Kitecture has a number of activities, including "Floor Plan your Classroom," which offer engaging ways for students to study mathematics by doing real-life architecture. Students learn estimation, measuring skills, proportion, and ratios by hand-drafting a floor plan of their classroom to scale.” Excellent
MATH MANIA MADNESS
A collection of math-related sites. Sections: Math World, Math E-Zine, Math Webquest, Site Assessment (assessment of math sites). Excellent
MATH PLANET – A THINKQUEST SITE
Problem solving, crash courses on Algebra and Geometry, advanced math help, SAT and ACT reviews. For grades 8 and up. Excellent
An extensive collection of math links. Excellent
MATH RESOURCES FROM SCORE
A page of math resources. Excellent
MATH.COM – THE WORLD OF MATH ONLINE
Homework Help, Ask an Expert, Practice, Calculators & Tools, Games, Store. Includes: Basic Math, Everyday Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Advanced Topics, Fractions, Decimals, Integers, Exponents, Inequalities, Percents, and Square Roots. For K-12 Excellent
THE MATHS FILE GAME SHOW
Online Flash games for math. Games include: Saloon Snap, Fish Tank, Planet Hop, Late Delivery, Train Race, Builder Ted and more. Includes a Teachers section. Although they are no longer updating this site, the games still work. Excellent
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH PROBLEM OF THE
“Click on one of the problems listed above. Then try working out a solution to the problem. When you think you have a solution, play the video solution to see how your solution compares to the solution made by the crack team of mathematicians at the “POTW.”” Includes archives of previous problems. Excellent
THE MINT: IDEAS FOR YOUNG KIDS
Excellent ideas on helping children understand how to manage money and how our financial systems work. Includes: The Four Bank System, How Saving Works, Be a Smart Spender and more. Click on Fun for Kids and then on the tabs at the top. Excellent
MISCELLANEOUS MATHEMATICAL UTILITIES
Links to several math utilities for senior high students. Sections: Root-Finding Routines, Utilities for Finding Maxima/Minima of Functions, N Equations in N Unknowns, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, Numerical Integration, Examples of Applications of Some of These Utilities and Other Utilities. Excellent
MUDD MATH FUN FACTS
A site for teachers with fun math facts to enrich your lessons. Excellent
PROFESSOR FREEDMAN’S MATH HELP
“This site provides information about basic math, algebra, study skills, math anxiety and learning styles.” Although intended for community college students, the math is applicable to younger students also. Sections: Math Teacher’s Ten Commandments, Ten Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety, Math Videos (online clips), Study Skills Tips, Math Anxiety Test, The Math Student Pledge, Students’ Math Anxiety Bill of Rights, Identify Your Learning Style, My Classroom, Fun Stuff, Elementary Algebra – Student Tutorials, Homework Assignments, and Math Fundamentals- Student Tutorials, Homework Assignments. Excellent
PURPLE MATH – YOUR ALGEBRA RESOURCE
Lessons and resources for learning algebra. Excellent
SEEING ISN’T ALWAYS
“Enter the world of optical illusions where your eyes may see things that your brain doesn’t understand. Explore how and why you see optical illusions, and discover the many types created over time. Find out how they are a part of art, science, math and our everyday lives. See for yourself how your eyes can fool you by exploring our optical illusion gallery. You may never see things the same again!” Navigate with the links on the bottom of the screen. How We See explains how optical illusions work. The Activities section includes a printable Word Search puzzle, a quiz and more. Excellent
THIS IS MEGA MATHEMATICS
A huge site for high school and college math students. Sections: The Most Colorful Math of All, Welcome to the Hotel Infinity, Games on Graphics, An Unusual Day at Unusual School, Untangling the Mathematics of Knots, Algorithms and Ice Cream for All, and Machines That Eat Your Words. Click on the ink bottle for math lessons generated by Mega Mathematics. Outstanding. Excellent
TOTALLY TESSELLATED – A THINKQUEST
“This site will give you a comprehensive introduction to tessellations. It will explain the basic mathematics underlying tessellations, as well as allow you to browse through many examples of tessellations in real life. M. C. Escher and his well-known tessellations are also covered in this site.” Excellent
VISUAL FRACTIONS – AN ONLINE FRACTION TUTORIAL
Online practice in fractions. Sections: Identify Fractions, Rename Fractions, Compare Fractions, Add Fractions, Subtract Fractions, Multiply Fractions and Divide Fractions. Excellent
Help with math problems. Sections: Math for Everyone, General Math, K-8 Math, Algebra, Plots & Geometry, Trig. & Calculus, and Other Stuff. Excellent
THE ABACUS: THE ART OF CALCULATING WITH BEADS
A history of the abacus, online exercises, interactive abacus tutor, and more. Very Good
ASK DR. MATH
A forum to send in math questions. Search the archives for previously asked questions. Very Good
EXTREME ACCOUNTING NEW!
“Are you bored with the everyday routine of extreme sports?
If so, then maybe you should try injecting the adrenaline rush of accounting into the whole experience...
I’ve done it and now you can too! On this site you’ll find everything you need to understand the life-changing experience of Extreme-Accounting – from the long and noble history of accounting pioneers who inspired me, to a range of ways for you to become an E-A yourself and share the results with us all.
Please take the time to explore the site - don’t worry: it's really quite safe and guaranteed 84.5% free of made-up facts and figures!” Shows some real-life activities from 2008 in which extreme accounting was added. The Fun Stuff section has a couple of games. Grades 7 and up. Very Good
FAMOUS PROBLEMS IN THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
A look at the history of mathematics through math problems which led to discoveries. Sections: The Bridges of Konigsberg, The Value of Pi, Puzzling Primes, Famous Paradoxes, The Problem of Points, A Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem, and A Proof That е is Irrational. Very Good
Links to basic math concepts such as Whole Numbers, Fractions, Percents, Functions, Square Measures, Probability and more. Very Good
Instructions for manipulatives such as triangle cutouts, hexagon cutouts, five-base blocks and more. Very Good
INTERACTIVE MATHEMATICS ONLINE – A THINKQUEST SITE
A student-created site with tutorials on Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry. Very Good
JOKES FOR MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
Just what it says. Jokes for math teachers. Funny. Very Good
LINKS TO INFORMATION ON NUMBER SYSTEMS
Links to information on different number systems. Sections: Arabic, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Mayan and Roman. Very Good
“MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.” Includes a national competition, problem of the week, student forum and more. Check this out. Very Good
COVE – TEACHING AND LEARNING MATH WITH JAVA
Math projects: Rigid Transformations, High School Geometry, Graph Theory Lessons, and Trominoes. Very Good
MATH FACT CAFÉ
Math worksheets to print out or create your own. Very Good
MATH IDEAS FOR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS
Suggestions for science fair projects using math. Very Good
MATH LEAGUE HELP TOPICS
Math help for 4th through 8th grade students. Includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, metrics, algebra, etc. Very Good
A page of math links. Very Good
A long list of links to math websites. Very Good
MATH MAGIC – PROBLEM OF THE MONTH
Features a different math puzzle every month. Includes an archive and links to other math puzzle sites. Very Good
“Math Nerds provides free, discovery-based, mathematical guidance via an international, volunteer network of mathematicians. Math Nerds does not supply answers to homework, take home tests and the like; rather, we provide hints, suggestions, and references to help our clients understand and solve their mathematical problems.” Very Good
MATH PROJECTS FOR SCIENCE FAIRS
A list of possible math projects for science fairs. Sections: Numbers, Scheduling, Games, Geometry, Combinatorics, Other Projects, References and Web Sites, etc. Very Good
A collection of resources for math at several levels. The Main Menu has a list of math functions (Calculators, Complex Numbers, Linear Equations, etc). The tabs at the top link to general offsite resources. Click on Interactive for a great resource for activities and lessons. Very Good
THE MATHEMATICAL ART OF M.C. ESCHER
Information on Maurits Escher who created works of art using mathematical principles. Explores Escher’s art and shows how to create your own. Very Good
A full page of links. Sections: Lesson Plans, Software, Topics in Mathematics, Contests and Competitions, Professional Societies and Other. Very Good Note: Also in Lesson Plans section.
MATHEMATICS HISTORY – A THINKQUEST SITE
A history of mathematics from the earliest forms thousands of years ago to today. Also includes profiles of important mathematicians. Very Good
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY’S PROBLEM
“Welcome to the Missouri State University Department of Mathematics' Problem Corner. There are three levels of problems: High School, Advanced, and Challenge. A brief description of each follows; click on the link to go to the corresponding page. There are also archives of past problems. Problems are updated monthly (approximately). Solutions will appear approximately two months after the problems have been posted (to give everyone plenty of time to respond).” Sections: High School, Challenge and Advanced. Each section has an archive of previous problems. Very Good
MORE MATHEMATICS THAN SCIENCE
Learning activities and problems for math. Includes functions, geometry, trigonometry, curves, graphs and more. Very Good
MR. R.’S MATH STORIES AND POEMS
Fun math poems and an interactive story (some parts not interactive right now). Very Good
MULTIMEDIA MATH GLOSSARY
A math glossary for all grade levels. Very Good
MULTIPLICATION – AN ADVENTURE IN NUMBER SENSE NEW URL!
Tricks for multiplication in the form of a dialog between mentor and student. More extensive than it sounds. Very Good
THE PROBLEM SITE – PROBLEMS & BRAIN TEASERS
“Welcome to The Problem Site, a special problem solving site for both students and adults. This site hosts 'Problem Of the Week' and 'Problem of the Month' pages, maintained by educators, mathematicians, puzzle enthusiasts, and others who care about students' ability to think critically.” Sections: Doug’s Brain Food, Graeme’s Problem of the Month and Mr. T’s Calculus Problems. You can also search the Problem Archive. Very Good
THE PUZZLE TOAD
Math puzzles to solve. Includes previous puzzles and their solutions. For grade 7 and up. Good
RIBBIT’S MATH VENTURES NEW URL!
Life-based math problems for primary to intermediate students. Includes a Teacher’s Section. “Each problem begins with an introduction that includes a general story line. From there, hyperlinks provide access first to general information within a broad area and then to more specific information. Thus, problem presentation is set up hierarchically and enables the problem solver to choose the sequence in which he or she gathers information and data that is presented within text, diagrams, maps, tables, graphs, and/or pictures.” Very Good
TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS OF THE
“Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are problem-solving challenges modeled on our Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as Java applets, Geometer's Sketchpad, Fathom, or spreadsheets. Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" to share their solutions, and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.” Very Good
TIM’S INTERACTIVE PUZZLE SOLUTION
A collection of simple puzzles with three levels of difficulty. Very Good
WHAT GOOD IS MATH?
Six math-based activities for students to choose from. “Here are some situations that you may find yourself in on any given day. Each one involves the use of math skills. Don't be scared! The checkout lady will not give you a test on your math skills on the spot. These are just examples of how a basic knowledge of math can come in handy.” Very Good
THE WORLD OF AUNTY MATH – MATH CHALLENGES FOR KIDS
Simple math problems to “challenge” elementary level students. Very Good
WORLD OF NUMBERS
“In this restyled website you'll find a variety of facts and figures about topics from the World of Numbers. Don't look for a logical order. It is an amalgamation of randomly gathered numbers, curios, puzzles, palindromes, primes, gems, your much valued contributions and more general information” Very Good
ABACUS MATH CHALLENGE NEW!
A math competition in three age levels with multiple problems throughout the school year. “Grace Church School’s ABACUS International Math Challenge is open to any child, anywhere in each of three age groups (see details and rules below). Science and math teacher, Tivadar Divéki posts eight problems a month in each age group. Students are asked not only to solve the problems but also to present the reasoning in their solutions. If a student submits an incorrect solution or is simply having trouble with a problem, a teacher will offer hints as to how to go about solving the problem, giving students multiple chances to succeed.” Disclaimer: Although sponsor by a church school, none of the problems seem to have any religious basis. See current standings for the list of students (internationally) who are participating. Good
Students complete math problems to get “baskets” in basketball. Good
BRAIN BASHERS BRAIN TEASERS AND PUZZLES
Click on Puzzles for Crossnumber puzzles which are like crossword puzzles but using numbers. Good
CARMINE’S INTRODUCTION TO LINES AND SHAPES NEW!
A fun site for primary students identifying different shapes and lines. Good
CHANGE MAKER NEW!
An online game in which students figure out how to make change. “Figure out how many of each bill or coin that you expect to get back when you pay for something. For example, if something costs $3.75 and you pay with a five dollar bill, you would expect back one quarter and one dollar bill.
If you get the answer correct, the amount of change is added to your piggy bank. If you get the answer wrong, the correct amount of change is subtracted from your piggy bank. The more money you get in your piggy bank, the harder the questions will get.” Good
THE DANCE OF CHANCE NEW!
A look at chance and fractals in science. “The focus of the exhibit is the emergence of patterns in Nature from physical and biological processes which on the microscopic level appear to be dominated by chance.
Each of the kiosks below will lead you into a different facet of the exciting world of patterns in Nature. Many of these patterns are fractals. Fractal forms are ubiquitous in Nature, and especially likely to arise when randomness plays a large role during the pattern's development. The experiments and examples in this exhibit demonstrate some of the many ways that branching patterns arise in Nature from the conflict between random and constraining forces.” Good
“How can you tell whether a number is divisible by another number (leaving no remainder) without actually doing the division? Why do "divisibility rules" work?” Lists the rules for
FRACTION TO DECIMAL CONVERSION
Instructions for converting fractions to decimals. Good
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN MATHEMATICS
Questions and answers about math, from the trivial to advanced. (Note: More advanced than trivial). Good
Fun, free games for kids includes math games such as Dare to be Square, Mathcar Racing, Math Baseball, and more. Good
A glossary for students on geometry. Good
GEOMETRY PROBLEM OF THE WEEK
Geometry problems are posted and users can send in the answers. Includes an archive to look at previous problems and their solutions. Good
HOMEWORK GUIDELINES FOR MATHEMATICS
A set of guidelines for writing math homework and exercises. Good
HUNKIN’S MATH EXPERIMENTS
A set of experiments to perform in math. Example: Cubes: How to push a cube through the middle of a cube the same size. Good
INTERACTIVE MATHEMATICS MISCELLANY AND
An eclectic collection of math games and puzzles and tips. Good
INTERACTIVE TANGRAM NEW URL!
An online interactive tangram. Good
INTRODUCTION TO THE
“The Mandelbrot set, named after Benoit Mandelbrot, is a fractal. Fractals are objects that display self-similarity at various scales. Magnifying a fractal reveals small-scale details similar to the large-scale characteristics. Although the Mandelbrot set is self-similar at magnified scales, the small scale details are not identical to the whole. In fact, the Mandelbrot set is infinitely complex. Yet the process of generating it is based on an extremely simple equation involving complex numbers.” It explains the math behind fractals. Not many examples. Good
K-12 MATH PROBLEMS, PUZZLES, TIPS & TRICKS
Puzzles, tips and tricks for math. Sections: Calculation Tips, Math Problems and Math Puzzles. Includes a Students page and a Teachers Place (see separately on list). Good
KIDS.COM – TANGRAMS
Students can test their skill by choosing a tangram game. Good
MATH AND CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Shows how math activities can be applied with different children’s books. Includes some reviews. Good
MATH FOR MORONS LIKE US – A THINKQUEST SITE
A student-created site with tutorials, sample problems, quizzes and more. Includes both Learning and Interacting sections. Plus a formula database and math links. Good
Six math games for elementary students. Good
MATH PROBLEMS AND
“Columbus State University’s College of Education is now the home of the Problem of the Week math contest, which was started in 1996 by David Rock and Doug Brumbaugh. The math educators also supply problems and answers that are part of the current White House Math Challenge, a presidential effort to boost interest in math and foster problem-solving skills. Visit our history page for more on these and the companion problem-solving sites here — Algebra in Action, Middle School Madness and Elementary Brain Teaser.” Includes: Problem of the Week, Algebra in Action, Middle School Madness and Elementary, Brain Teaser. Good
METRIC CONVERSION AND METRIC SYSTEM NEW!
“This page offers information on the metric system and metric conversion. The following related pages may also be of interest:
For accuracy, the converters below use the official conversion rates (which are up to 13 digits). However, for ease of use, the reference table (chart) under each converter rounds off to the nearest 2nd digit.” Good
A converter to convert length, weight, area, volume, etc. into metric measurements. Good
NICK’S MATHEMATICAL MISCELLANY
Math puzzles and links. Good
Activities and more about pi. Good
THE PI TRIVIA GAME
A trivia game using pi. Good
SHAPE PAN BALANCE
Interactive math tool. “Place weights on each pan of the balance by dragging the shapes and releasing the mouse button. Count Items represents the weight configurations as algebraic-type expressions. Show Array removes the algebraic-type expressions. Reset Balance clears the balance and keeps the weights the same. New Problem clears the balance and changes the weights.” Good
THROUGH MAZES TO MATHEMATICS NEW!
Basic information on the math used in creating mazes. For junior high and up. Good
A number of brief biographical profiles of women
mathematicians. You can search by name or in chronological
LESSON PLANS AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
ALGEBRA – GRADE 9 – LESSON PLANS
A series of 12 lesson plans for beginning Algebra for grade 9 students. Excellent
ALL ABOUT AID: NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF STUDENT
LOANS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for senior high students on student loans. “In this lesson, students create presentations for graduating seniors about how to navigate the college financial aid system.” Excellent
APPLE PI – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades 6-8 on pi. “Using estimation and measurement skills, students will determine the ratio of circumference to diameter and explore the meaning of π. Students will discover the circumference and area formulas based on their investigations.” Contains two lesson plans. Excellent
AREA CONTRACTOR – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on estimating area. “This lesson gives students the opportunity to explore surface area in the same way that a contractor might when providing an estimate to a potential customer. Once the customer accepts the estimate, a more detailed measurement is taken and a quote prepared. In this lesson, students use estimation to determine the surface area of the walls and floor of their classroom. They check the reasonableness of their estimates, and then measure the classroom for accuracy.” Excellent
AN ARM AND A LEG: MEASURING THE IMPACT OF THE
RECESSION ON FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on a practical application of math. “In this lesson, students consider the loss of health care coverage among the unemployed and other ways that the recession affects the U.S. economy and families. They then examine and collect evidence of its effects on their own communities.” Excellent
BASEBALL ECONOMICS 101 – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan on the economics of baseball for grades 6-12. “Many baseball writers (who may or may not know very much about economics) have written that our national pastime may be threatened by the big market, high revenue teams like the Yankees (or the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox or the Arizona Diamondbacks) and that smaller market teams (e.g., the Kansas City Royals or the Pittsburgh Pirates) cannot compete for the high salaried free agents (e.g., Randy Johnson or Mike Piazza) necessary to win championships. In fact, some writers claim that many MLB teams are actually not profitable for the team owners. Are these claims true? Are MLB teams losing money? Are MLB owners looking to dump unprofitable teams on unsuspecting investors? Are MLB players grossly overpaid? This lesson will help you answer these and other questions.” Excellent
BASEBALL STATS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on statistics. “In this lesson, students will use baseball data available on the Internet to develop an understanding of different ways in which data can be analyzed. First, they will practice selecting data to perform calculations in response to pre-formulated questions. Then they will use the data to formulate and answer their own questions.” Excellent
BE ALL YOU CAN BE….FOR MINIMUM WAGE? – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for middle school students on wages. “How has the elimination of compulsory service affected the number of military personnel that currently serve in the United States armed forces? What would you predict happened to the size of the military once the draft was eliminated? Economists often compare certain economic indicators from one year to the indicators (e.g., gross domestic product, consumer price index) from another year in order to determine the percentage change from one year to the next. In order to test your predictions, you must calculate the percentage change in the size of the military from one year to the next.” Excellent
BEAN COUNTING AND RATIOS – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on sampling and equivalent fractions. “By using sampling from a large collection of beans, students get a sense of equivalent fractions, which leads to a better understanding of proportions. Equivalent fractions are used to develop an understanding of proportions.
This lesson can be adapted for lower-skilled students by using a more common fraction, such as 2/3. It can be adapted for upper grades or higher-skilled students by using ratios that are less instinctual, such as 12/42 (which reduces to 2/7). Scaffold the level of difficulty in this lesson by going from a simple ratio such as 2/3 to more complicated ratios such as 2/7 or 5/9.” Excellent
BELL CURVE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on the bell curve. “In this lesson, students will construct two bell curves using two different yet related objects. For example, two kinds of Hershey's Kisses (plain and almond) or two kinds of dried beans (kidney and lima).” Excellent
THE BIG MAC INDEX – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on math and economics. “While most people see the Big Mac as "twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettuce cheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun," economists also see the sandwich as a consumer good that is sold at over 25,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 116 countries around the world. Because of its popularity, the Big Mac allows economists to make (admittedly unscientific) comparisons of exchange rates and relative prices in countries around the globe. This EconomicsMinute looks at how the "Big Mac Index" helps explain variation in exchange rates and prices.” Excellent
MULTIFLYER – MATH
GAMES – NOW CALLED
Math games and activities with an emphasis on basic math. All the games are for purchase but four of them allow you to play them online or try a demo. Definitely worth trying. Excellent
CAPTURE- RECAPTURE – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on proportions and ratios. “In this lesson, students experience an application of proportion that scientists actually use to solve real-life problems. Students learn how to estimate the size of a total population by taking samples and using proportions. The ratio of “tagged” items to the number of items in a sample is the same as the ratio of tagged items to the total population.” Excellent
CARDIAC OUTPUT, RATES OF CHANGE AND ACCUMULATION – CURRICULUM UNIT TITLE CHANGE AND NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. “This activity explores the measurement of the amount of blood being pumped by a heart. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of rates of change and accumulation in context. As presented here, the measurement is done from a discrete perspective, but the generalization to a continuous perspective and use of calculus (integrals) can be done easily.” Excellent
CASH, CHARGE OR SAVE? PREPARING AN ANNUAL BUDGET –
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on budgeting. “In this lesson, students play a game to determine if they know the costs of common items. As consumers, they then develop their own personal finance budgets to determine how they might reduce their personal spending.” Excellent
CHANGES IN CHANGE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on making change. “Money is something we see and use everyday. It is important to be able to count coins and bills and be able to make change. Today's lesson will sharpen your money counting skills and introduce you to some new coins.” Excellent
CHESS MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan in which students reinforce their knowledge of angles by becoming chess pieces on a floor chess board. Excellent
CIRCLING THE BASES: BASEBALL AND GEOMETRY –
A unit for grades 7 and up on math in baseball. “Make an informed decision in a dugout full of shapes, area, perimeter, diameter, Pythagorean theorems and other aspects of geometry while learning about some of the "angles" of playing baseball. Will you hit a single, double, triple or home run? It depends on the hitter's math skills in this interactive game where circling the bases means more than just hitting a home run. Batter up!” Excellent
CLASSIC MIDDLE GRADES PROBLEMS FOR THE CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN NEW!
Presents two classic math problems for middle school grades. “This lesson presents two classic problems (Mangoes Problem and Sailors and Coconuts) that can be represented and solved in several different ways. Middle-grades students work in groups on the problems to promote communication of mathematical ideas, and a variety of classroom solution attempts are described.” Excellent
COLLISION COURSE: DETERMINING THE MOMENTUM OF
COLLIDING OBJECTS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan on measurement for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students measure the speed of moving marbles and use the results to calculate velocity and momentum. They then use their understanding of velocity, momentum and mass to analyze events preceding the recent Japanese train crash.” Excellent
COUNTING CALORIES: CREATING WORD PROBLEMS ABOUT
CEREAL NUTRITION – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on creating word problems. “In this lesson, students evaluate the health of breakfast foods. They work in pairs to create and solve word problems using cereal nutrition data. For homework, they solve additional problems formulated in class and write short essays commenting on what they have.” Excellent
COUNTING EMBEDDED FIGURES – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on embedded figures. “This activity allows students to look for patterns within the given data. After looking at the pattern, the student should be able to form generalizations for the problem. Furthermore, this activity sharpens the algebraic skills of the students.” Excellent
COUNTING ON THE HAVOC OF HURRICANES: COMPARING STATISTICS OF HURRICANE FLOYD TO OTHER RECENT HURRICANES: A MATH LESSON – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on statistics for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students define and classify all the different ways in which numbers are used in forecasting and coping with the effects of a hurricane. They then conduct research to compare and contrast these numbers as they apply to Hurricane Floyd and other recent hurricanes. Finally, they graph their findings.” Excellent
COUNTING THE TRAINS – CURRICULUM
A curriculum unit for grades 6-12 on recursive and exponential functions. “In this unit, students will investigate a relationship between recursive functions and exponential functions.” Contains three lessons. Excellent
COVERING THE PLANE WITH REP-TILES – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 math students. “In this activity, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Rep-tiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students will experiment with various shapes and a value of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved.” Excellent
CREATING “AB” PATTERNS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan on patterns for grades K-4. “Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math. Knowledge of patterns allows the learner to systematize and predict outcomes. In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to construct this concept using visual arts designs and math manipulatives.” Excellent
DEAL ME IN: DISCOVERING PROBABILITIES BY PLAYING
POKER – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on probability for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students learn about probability through an introduction to poker.” Excellent
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on a recursive sequence. “Adapted from Navigating through Algebra in Grades 9–12, this lesson allows students to examine a recursive sequence in a game between the Devil and Daniel Webster.” Excellent
DIAGONAL OF A SQUARE – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
“One of the very important aspects of the mathematical method in science is its ability to isolate a few essential features and analyze them independently of any context. Most equations in physics have this property. But in schools, especially in the early grades, such an isolation of features often gives the impression that mathematics is simply disconnected from the rest of the world. We present here an introduction to some important algebraic concepts that can be introduced in the early grades in a concrete setting.” Excellent
DO GRAPHING CALCULATORS ADD UP?: THE USE AND ABUSE OF GRAPHING CALCULATORS: A DEBATE FOR THE MATH CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the use of graphing calculators. “In this lesson, students examine the arguments for and against the use of graphing calculators in mathematics classrooms and on standardized tests. Students analyze the debate through reading and discussing a New York Times article, participating in a round-table discussion, and seeking out opinions of people whom they know and incorporating their views into a brief newspaper article about the issues.” Excellent
DO YOU FEEL LUCKY? CALCULATING PROBABILITY WITH
DICE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on probability. “In this lesson, students calculate simple probabilities using mathematics, then roll dice to test their predictions. For homework, they create and solve their own probability problems.” Excellent
DOING THE KENKEN: SOLVING A NEW MATHEMATICAL
PUZZLE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on math puzzles. “In this lesson, students play KenKen, a Japanese puzzle designed to sharpen arithmetic skills, and consider the associated skills and benefits of this and other math/logic games and puzzles.” Excellent
DON’T BET THE HOUSE ON IT! EXAMINING MORTGAGES
THROUGH REAL ESTATE SIMULATIONS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on how much families can afford to pay for real estate. “In this lesson, students will determine how much different families can afford to spend on real estate by taking on personas and creating budgets.” Excellent
EDUCATOR’S REFERENCE DESK – MATH LESSON PLANS
Lesson plans from the Educator’s Reference Desk (formerly AskEric). Sections: Algebra, Arithmetic, Functions, History, Number Sense, Patterns, Process Skills, Applied Math, Careers, Geometry, Measurement, Number Theory, Probability and Statistics. Note that several are listed separately. Excellent
ESTIMATION AND MEASUREMENT – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on estimation and measurement. “Measuring with a standard unit (beginning with an unconventional unit such as a toothpick) will give students a base for estimating measurement. Using the same unit to measure different things will help students begin to visualize how many “toothpicks” it will take to measure a length of something. When students are able to visualize in this way, they are able to make reasonable estimations. (Note: You’ll need to decide whether to use the term “estimate” or “guess” throughout this lesson, depending on the level of your students.)” Excellent
THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE– LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on number patterns. “In this lesson, students will explore the Fibonacci series. They will identify the pattern among the Fibonacci numbers, look for applications of these numbers, and explore the ways that this pattern can be related to objects and shapes in both the natural and designed world. Science and technology are rich and especially important contexts in which to learn the value of mathematics and to develop mathematical problem solving skills, but they are not the only ones.” Excellent
FINDING SATISFACTORY SOLUTIONS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on problem solving. “In this activity, students decide where to locate ice cream stands in a town so that no one has to travel too far to buy a treat. The problem-solving strategies for this problem give students a chance to grapple with the notion of proof and to decide what makes a solution satisfactory. Students should be encouraged to state their own criteria for what is a satisfactory result and to discuss their judgments in terms of their purposes.” Excellent
FOCUS ON ECONOMIC DATA: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX AND INFLATION – MAY 15, 2009 – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the consumer price index. “This lesson focuses on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rate of inflation reported May 15, 2009, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the month of April, 2009. Students read the BLS report, analyze the meaning of the CPI data, determine the change in consumer prices, and explore the impact of the change in the price level on themselves, their families, consumers, and producers.” Excellent
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: INVESTIGATING THE ECONOMY OF
FOREIGN NATIONS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on foreign currencies. “In this lesson, students share ideas about the values of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. They then research the economy of a foreign country and prepare an appropriate budget for one month study abroad. They synthesize their learning by reflecting on what life would be like if they were to live on $100 a week in a foreign country.” Excellent
FRACTALS: A FRACTALS UNIT FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS - LESSON PLANS
A collection of lessons on fractals for elementary and middle school students. Excellent
FUEL FOR THOUGHT: USING MATHEMATICS TO COMPARE
VEHICLES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on using math to compare vehicles. “In this lesson, students learn about mathematical concepts used to compare different types of vehicles. They then create a print advertisement in which they try to persuade an audience to purchase one.” Excellent
FUN MATHEMATICS LESSONS
Fun math lessons at several levels. Sections: More Counting, All About Ratios, Who Wants Pizza? A Fraction Lesson, Let’s Graph, Let’s Do Math, Fun-and-Sun Rent-a-Car, Visualize an Infinite Series, Let’s Count, The Million Dollar Mission, Calendar Fun-It’s Algebra, Rectangle Pattern Challenge, A Fractal Geometry Unit, Mathematics of Cartography, Patterns-Blocks/Fractions, Dueling Pinwheels, I Love Calculus, Power Cards, Online Geometry, Polyominoes, Stressed Out, Handsqueeze, The Hot Tub, and Right Hand or Left? Excellent
GETTING INTO THE
ELECTORAL COLLEGE – CURRICULUM UNIT
A curriculum unit for grades 6-8 on problem-solving skills. “Every 4 years, citizens of the United States elect the person they believe should be our nation's new leader. This unit explores the mathematics of the electoral college, the system used in this country to determine the winner in a presidential election. The lessons include activities in percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within your curriculum at the time of an election. However, time permitting, they can be used as a unit to give students a strong understanding of how small variations can mean one person becomes president and another does not. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.” Contains three lesson plans. Excellent
GETTING IT RIGHT! THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the Pythagorean Theorem. “The Pythagorean Theorem is one of the most useful relations in mathematics. In the middle grades, an investigation of the lengths of the sides of right triangles and the area of squares drawn on those sides introduces students to irrational numbers, Pythagorean triples (derived from right triangles with integer sides), and methods of indirect measurement used for solving real-life problems.” Excellent
GETTING THE MEAN-ING: EXPLORING STATISTICS BY
CREATING AND ANALYZING CLASSROOM DATA USING MEAN, MEDIA, MODE,
RANGE AND VARIANCE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on statistics. “In this lesson, students explore averages, mean, mode, median, range and variance through collecting and analyzing their own classroom data on intelligence.” Excellent
GRAPHIC ACCOUNTS: ANALYZING GRAPHS IN THE NEW YORK
TIMES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on analyzing graphs. “In this lesson, students learn about the estimated cost of the war in Iraq to the U.S. government in comparison to other hypothetical expenditures, in part by examining a bar graph. They then explore the use of different types of graphs in The New York Times.” Excellent
HERE COMES THE …BILL: PREPARING A BUDGET FOR A
MILESTONE EVENT – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on budgeting. “In this lesson, students share opinions about the importance of milestone events they might host or attend. They then prepare estimated budgets for parties based on established budget totals, and compare their estimates against the real costs.” Excellent
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP? ASSESSING LUNG CAPACITY AND
HEART RATE IN ATHLETES AND ORDINARY PEOPLE – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on measurement. “In this lesson, students compare the physical stresses on elite cyclists, runners and ordinary people through discussion, investigation of lung capacity and measurement of heart rate. Then they reflect on the mental and physical demands on athletes in their favorite sports.” Excellent
HOW MANY MORE FISH? – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades K-2 on comparative subtraction. “This unit focuses on comparative subtraction. The students use fish-shaped crackers to explore five meanings for the operations of subtraction (counting, sets, number line, balance, and inverse of addition). Comparative subtraction extends the students early understandings about counting, addition, and subtraction in the take-away mode. In this unit, the students investigate properties of subtraction, represent subtraction in objects and pictures, and record subtraction in both vertical notation and equations. They create and solve problems involving comparative subtraction. Students answer such questions as "How many more?" and "How many less?" Missing addend activities provide students with an experience in algebraic thinking.” Contains six lesson plans. Excellent
HOW TAXING ARE TAXES? UNDERSTANDING HOW TAXES AND
TAX CUTS AFFECT DIFFERENT INCOME EARNERS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on taxes for grades 7-12. “In this lesson, students learn about how taxes are levied based on taxable income. They then analyze how a new series of tax cuts might affect people of different income levels and their tax rates.” Excellent
I OWE YOU – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on credit cards and debt. “In this lesson, students examine and learn the basics about credit cards and credit card debt, then create an informational brochure for young students.” Excellent
I’LL TRADE YOU: RESEARCHING A NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING
ECONOMIST’S ECONOMIC THEORIES THROUGH A SCAVENGER HUNT – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on economic theories. “In this lesson, students learn about Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman's major economic theories through a scavenger hunt.” Excellent
INCLINED PLANE – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on inclined planes. “Students time balls rolling down inclines of varying lengths and heights, then try to make inferences about the relationship among the variables involved. Students decide which variables are important (and can be measured), how best to collect the data, and how to interpret the data.” Excellent
INTERACTIVE MATH LESSONS AND
A collection of math lessons and activities for grade 7 and up. Excellent
INVESTIGATING PICK’S THEOREM – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades 9-12 on Pick’s theorem. “Many students may have seen Pick’s Theorem in middle school. In this set of lessons, students rediscover the theorem, use algebra to determine the coefficients of the equation, and explore the concept of change as a mechanism for finding the coefficients of Pick’s Theorem.” Contains three lesson plans. Excellent
INVESTIGATING THE CONCEPT OF TRIANGLE AND THE
PROPERTIES OF POLYGONS – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades K-2 on triangles and polygons. “This two-part example describes activities that use interactive geoboards to help students identify simple geometric shapes, describe their properties, and develop spatial sense. This first part, Making Triangles, focuses attention on the concept of triangle, helping students understand the mathematical meaning of a triangle and the idea of congruence, or sameness, in geometry. In the next part, Creating Polygons, students make and compare a variety of polygons, describing the salient properties of the shapes they create. Both parts help students reach the goals described in the Geometry Standard.” Contains two lesson plans. Excellent
ISLAND INEQUALITY MATH – CURRICULUM
A curriculum unit for grades pre-K-2 on greater than, less than, and equal to. “The concepts of greater than, less than, and equal to are explored in this 2-lesson unit. Students create piles of food on two islands, and their fish always swims toward the island with more food. The fish's mouth is open to represent the greater than and less than symbols. Students transition from the concrete representation of using piles of food and the fish to writing inequalities with numerals and symbols.” Contains two lessons. Excellent
INCOME: IT AIN’T WHERE YOU START, IT’S WHAT YOU
GOT AND WHERE YOU END – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on income. “This year's federal elections will involve electing a president, all members of the House of Representatives, and one third of the Senate. Barring some international crisis, economic issues appear likely to dominate the debates. In past elections, macroeconomic issues related to the business cycle, such as problems of inflation, unemployment, and slow economic growth, were the main focus of debate. Because of the recent overall economic performance, current debate on these issues has been muted. In its place, debates concerning the distribution of wealth and income have come to the forefront.” Excellent
LEARNING ABOUT PROPERTIES OF VECTORS AND VECTOR
SUMS USING DYNAMIC SOFTWARE – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit on vectors for grades 9-12. “This example illustrates how using a dynamic geometrical representation can help students develop an understanding of vectors and their properties, as described in the Number and Operations Standard for Grades 9‑12. Students manipulate vectors to control the movement of objects. Students learn that vectors are composed of magnitude and direction, and they extend their knowledge of number systems to the system of vectors.” Contains two lesson plans. Excellent
LESSON PLANS AND ACTIVITIES FOR MATH – MSTE
A group of lesson plans and activities for teaching math. Excellent
LET’S COUNT TO 20 – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades K-2 on grouping objects. “In this unit, students make groups of 10 to 20 objects, connect number names to the groups, compose and decompose numbers, and use numerals to record the size of a group. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities are included in each lesson. This unit is most appropriate for students typically in the first grade.” Contains six lesson plans. Excellent
LINEAR ALIGNMENT – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on linear equations. “This lesson allows students to explore linear equations and the effects of changing the slope and y-intercept on a line. It gives students exposure to y = mx + b, and can be used as an introduction to the topic. Using graphing calculators, students are challenged to overlap lines onto the sides of polygons. To achieve this goal, students change slopes and y-intercepts of lines, noting observations about behavior as they work. As students change the y-intercept of a line, they see it raise or lower the line. As students change the slope, they see it affect the steepness of the line.” Excellent
LINKING LENGTH, PERIMETER AREA AND VOLUME – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit on length, perimeter, area and volume for grades 6-8. “This cluster of Internet Mathematics Excursions is based on E-example 6.3 as described in the Geometry Standard and Measurement Standards. These lessons are designed for students to understand ratio, proportion, scale factor, and similarity using perimeter, area, volume and surface area of various rectangular shapes.
The first is an on-line pre-activity to build students’ understanding of ratio, proportion and similarity. Another on-line pre-activity follows with similarity and scale factor. The third lesson involves students comparing perimeter and area ratios of similar rectangles with various scale factors using the E-example 6.3.1. E-examples 6.3.2 is the basis for the fourth and fifth lessons. The fourth lesson focuses on the relationship between scale factor and volume. The final lesson highlights the surface area for rectangular prisms in relationship to scale factor.” Contains four lesson plans. Excellent
LIVING ON THE GRID: PLAYING AND DECONSTRUCTING
LOGIC GAMES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the mathematical principles of logic games. “In this lesson, students play and deconstruct the mathematical and strategic principles of logic puzzles, including tic-tac-toe and sudoku, as well as new games like kakuro, masyu, and nurikabe. They then prepare strategies for a user's guide to one game.” Excellent
LOOK AT ME – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades K-2 on how to display data. “In this unit, students collect data and display it with tally marks, pictographs, bar graphs, and glyphs. Some previous experience with classification will enhance students’ success with this unit. Students explore logical and numerical relationships.
The unit begins with a lesson that focuses on classification--the foundation for algebraic thinking--and with a review of one-to-one correspondence. Then students explore patterns and the relationships between numbers.” Contains four lesson plans. Excellent
LOST IN TRANSLATION:
WRITING ABOUT MATHEMATICS FOR A POPULAR AUDIENCE – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on writing about mathematics. “In this lesson, students reflect on the uses of mathematics in their daily lives and work in pairs to design brochures that make specific mathematical concepts clear and interesting to a popular audience. They then present their brochures to a family member and write response papers evaluating their own efforts.” Excellent
MATH: BATTER UP! – THEMATIC
A unit for grades 5-9 on math in baseball. “Fun for fifth-graders and above, this thematic unit teaches fundamental concepts that connect the calculator and the clubhouse while learning, using and interpreting the statistics of famous ballplayers. Computation is the key in determining batting averages and slugging percentages. Will it be a single, double, triple or home run? It all depends on the hitter's math skills in this interactive game where long division and the long ball are one and the same. Batter up!” Excellent
MATH JEOPARDY – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 4-12 which adapts the Jeopardy game to math lessons. Excellent
MATH LESSON PLANS, PUZZLES AND WORKSHEETS NEW URL!
A large number of math puzzles, worksheets and problems. Not just basic math, includes quadratic equations, etc. Excellent
MATH ON THE MOUND: USING THE WORLD SERIES TO TEACH MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students brainstorm ways to incorporate baseball into math classes. Excellent
MATH TEACHERS PLACE
All kinds of tips and tricks for teaching math at all levels. For teachers. Excellent
MATHEMATICAL PROOFS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on mathematical proofs. “In this lesson, students will explore the nature of mathematical proofs and mathematical inquiry. This lesson would be appropriate after students are familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem. The nature of logic and evidence are topics that should come up frequently in science, history, social studies, and mathematics.” Excellent
MATHEMATICS AT THE MALL –LESSON PLAN - NOW SHOPPING MALL MATH NEW TITLE AND NEW URL!
A double set of lesson plans for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 using a shopping mall setting. “In the following lesson, students participate in an activity in which they develop number sense in and around the shopping mall. There are two activities in this lesson. The first is appropriate for grades 3 - 5 and the second for grades 6 - 8. Both grade-level activities deal with size and space, estimation, measurement, and applications involving percent.” Excellent
THE MINT: IDEAS FOR TEACHERS - LESSON
Ideas and lesson plans for teaching students in grades 6-12 to manage money. Lessons include: Budgeting Your Financial Resources and The Stock Market: Risks and Rewards. Click on Ideas for Young Kids for excellent ideas on helping children understand how to manage money and how our financial systems work. Excellent
MOVEMENT WITH FUNCTIONS – CURRICULUM
A curriculum unit on linear functions and systems of equations for grades 6-12. “These investigations use movement to reinforce the concepts of linear functions and systems of equations. Multiple representations are used throughout, along with tools such as motion detectors and remote-controlled cars. Students explore how position, speed, and varying motion are reflected in graphs, tables, and algebraic equations.” Contains three lessons. Excellent
MRS. GLOSSER’S MATH GOODIES – LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES
“Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets and forums! We have over 400 pages of activities for students, teachers and parents.” Includes lots of online lesson plans but some are only available on the CD-ROM (for sale). Sections: Lessons, CD-ROM, Forums, Homework, Worksheets, Software, Math Type, and Study Smart. Excellent
A NUMBERS PERSON? EXPLORING OUR INTERNAL
CALCULATORS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on innate math ability and estimation. “In this lesson, students consider current research on "approximate number sense" and do real-life math problems designed to engage their estimation skills.” Excellent
NUTRIENTS BY THE NUMBERS: USING MATH TO EXPLORE NUTRITION – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on percentages. “In this lesson, students strengthen their percentage and fraction skills in comparing the nutritional values of similar food products. They then individually calculate their daily intake of various nutrients and compare their diets to recommended daily percentages.” Excellent
ONE COUNTRY/TWO SYSTEMS – LESSON
A lesson on economic measures for grades 9-12. “In this lesson, you will visit web sites that will help you compare and evaluate the economic and political systems of China and Hong Kong.” Excellent
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS:
COMPARING NATIONAL AND STATE TUITION INCREASES – LESSON
A lesson plan on graphs for grades 9-12. “In this lesson, students interpret a graph representing rising college tuition costs, then collect data on college tuition changes in the United States by region and create their own graphs. For homework, they make predictions about future tuition prices.” Excellent
ORDER OF OPERATIONS BINGO – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on order of operations. “Instead of calling numbers to play Bingo, you call (and write) expressions to be evaluated for the numbers on the Bingo cards. The operations in this lesson are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. None of the expressions contain exponents.” Excellent
PASCAL’S TRIANGLE – LESSON
Lesson plans for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 on Pascal’s triangle.
PATTERNS AND FUNCTION LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8. “In this lesson, students will investigate properties of perimeter, area, and volume related to various geometric two- and three-dimensions shapes.” Excellent
PAY ATTENTION, PLEASE! EVALUATING THE COSTS AND
BENEFITS OF MULTITASKING – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the costs of multitasking. “In this lesson, students examine the effects of multitasking and evaluate its impact on their own efficiency.” Excellent
THE PENNY PROBLEM – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the economics of pennies. “Students will research the cost of making the penny an the use of the penny and come up with reasons why the penny should or should not be continued to be made and used.” Excellent
A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY AT 4.7% EARNED – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on budgeting money. “There are lots of ways to receive income, and lots of ways to spend it. In this EconomicsMinute you will develop two budgets, or plans, to help you decide how to allocate your income. Assuming you do not love making dollar bill rings, there are really only two things that someone like you can do with your income: spend it or save it.” Excellent
PI (E) ANYONE? ESTIMATING PI THREE DIFFERENT WAYS
– LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on pi for grades 6-12 . “In this lesson, students use poetry and experimentation to learn about and estimate the value of pi. Then, they use their knowledge about pi to write their own poems on the subject.” Excellent
PIECES OF PROOF – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan on postulates and theorems for grades 9-12. “There is a leap to be made from understanding postulates and theorems in geometry to writing proofs using them. This lesson offers an intermediate step, in which students put together the statements and reasons to build a formal proof.” Excellent
Three sections: Applying Flying, Pioneer Plane and Plane Math Enterprises. Each has several activities, all with an aviation theme. Excellent
PLANET SCHICK – MATH WEBQUESTS AND ACTIVITIES
A collection of math webquests and activities. Excellent Note: Also in Webquests section.
PLANNING A PLAYGROUND- LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on using manipulatives. “In this lesson, students will design a playground using manipulatives and multiple representations. Maximum area with a given perimeter will be explored using tickets. The playground will include equipment with given dimensions, which decreases the maximum area that can be created. This is an interesting demonstration of how a real-world context can change a purely mathematical result. Finally, scale models will be created on graph paper and a presentation will be made to a playground planning committee for approval.” Excellent
PLAY TO LEARN: USING MATH IN DESIGNING AN
INNOVATIVE PLAYGROUND – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on using math in designing a playground. “In this lesson, students share observations and take precise measurements of a playground or activity space. They then design a 1,000 square foot innovative playground environment using precise measurements and prepare a scale drawing with key.” Excellent
POWERFUL PATTERNS – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades K-2 on patterns. “In this unit, students use logical thinking to create, identify, extend, and translate patterns. They make patterns with objects, numbers, and shapes. They also explore a variety of patterns in mathematics, in physical education, in science, and in social studies.
The lessons in this unit give students an opportunity to make patterns with a variety of objects. After a review of classification and seriation, the students will extend and translate patterns in many modalities and in several mathematical settings. Although all lessons should be used with students to ensure that they can recognize, extend, and create patterns, you may wish to exclude some of them in the interest of time.
Since the value of patterning may not be apparent to some parents, you may wish to explain that the students are engaging in a true problem solving activity, one which builds a foundation for much of later mathematics.
The core is the shortest string of elements within a pattern that repeats. When presenting patterning tasks, it is important to repeat the core at least twice.” Contains nine lesson plans. Excellent
THE PRICES ARE CHANGING – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on consumer pricing. “Supply, demand, and price are three vitally important concepts in economics. These three concepts are highly interdependent and one cannot understand economics until one understands this interdependence. This lesson will help students understand that markets are created by the interaction of buyers and sellers. It also will help them understand supply, demand, and interaction of supply and demand with price (including the concept of equilibrium price).” Excellent
PRIMARY MATH GAMES
A cute collection of math games for primary students. Includes: Little Rocket Man, Trouble Bubbles, Dot’s Checkers and more. Excellent
PRIME TIME: DEVELOPING MATH QUIZZES BASED ON PRIME
NUMBERS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on math quizzes. “In this lesson, students solve problems from a New York Times math quiz related to an article about mathematician Dr. Terence Tao. They then prepare their own math quizzes for which solutions must be expressed in prime numbers. Finally, they consider how they use math in their daily lives, and prepare math problems based on one of their findings.” Excellent
PRIZE NUMBERS: A NOVEL APPROACH TO MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on math. “In this lesson, students explore what a proof is, how and why mathematicians create them and finally they compose essays on how reason and logic are employed in the workplace.” Excellent
PROBABILITY: THE STUDY OF CHANCE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 5-12 on probability. “The theory of probability is an important branch of mathematics with many practical applications in the physical, medical, biological and social sciences. An understanding of this theory is essential to understand weather reports, medical findings, political doings and the state lotteries. Students have many misconceptions about probability situations.” Excellent
PRODUCT GAME – CURRICULUM UNIT
A unit for grades 6-8 on number factors. “In the Factor Game, students start with a number and find its factors. In the Product Game, students start with factors and multiply to find the product. The two games work well together because they help students to see the relationship between products and factors. There are four parts to this investigation. Students play the product game in Part I. In Part II, they make their own game boards. The task of creating a new game is challenging to most students. They learn a lot by experimenting and by making mistakes about what factors and products to include in a game. In Part III, students use Venn diagrams to represent the relationships between the factors or products of two numbers. Part IV contains extensions and connections.” Contains four lesson plans. Excellent
PROJECT INTERACTIVATE – LESSON PLANS
Extensive math activities and lessons for teachers and students. Most are focused for grades 6-8 but some are applicable for grades 3-5. Sections: Teachers, Students, Lessons, Activities, Elementary, What’s New, Discussions and Tools. Excellent
PROJECT SKYMATH: MAKING MATHEMATICAL CONNECTIONS – LESSON PLANS
A collection of lesson plans for using weather data to teach math. Contains 16 classroom activities for middle school students. Excellent
PROVING A (THEOREM) AND DISPROVING A (THEORY):
APPLYING THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM TO REAL LIFE – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the Pythagorean Theorem. “In this lesson, students share thoughts about careers and gender roles. They then work together to prepare a proof of the Pythagorean theorem and synthesize their learning by preparing a creative representation of Pythagoras' ideas.” Excellent
PUBLIC LAND: DESIGNING A COMMUNITY SPACE USING
PRACTICAL MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 7 and up on using math to plan a public space. “In this lesson, students share opinions about their community’s need for public spaces and use practical math to prepare plans for designing spaces that considers those needs. Learning is synthesized by creating completed two-dimensional plans of these spaces that incorporates the elements discussed in class.” Excellent
A puzzle generator from Discovery School in which teachers and students can create word and math puzzles. Excellent
THE RULES OF THE GAME: COMPARING CONCRETE AND
ABSTRACT APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING - LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on problem solving. “In this lesson, students experiment with abstract learning methods and concrete approaches to problem solving and then reflect on how they best learn new mathematical concepts.” Excellent
SAMPLING ROCKS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades K-2 introducing statistics. “In this lesson, students will collect and analyze a sample of rocks from the schoolyard. Students will array the collected rocks by characteristics such as size, weight, and color, to see if any generalizations can be made about the types of rocks that can be found in the schoolyard. This lesson will introduce students to the notion of a sample, and how the size and method of collection of a sample can bias findings.” Excellent
SAVING PRIVATE PENSIONS: EXAMINING CONCERNS WITH FUTURE FINANCIAL PLANNING – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on finances for grades 6-12. “Students will consider the importance of financial security after retirement, examine current problems with pension plans in the private sector, research different retirement options, and create a "How it Works" poster. Then, they will develop public service announcements illustrating the current problems with pension plans and a particular option for retirement fund planning.” Excellent
SERVING UP REALITY: EXPLORING THE COSTS AND CONSIDERATIONS OF OWNING AND RUNNING A RESTAURANT – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on finance for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students will consider the factors that go into running a restaurant and examine how the restaurant industry impacts the economy of the United States. Then students will work in groups to create skeleton proposals for new restaurants and consider the obvious and hidden costs of this type of business.” Excellent
SHAPE AND SPACE IN GEOMETRY - ACTIVITIES
Online activities about shape and space. For grades K-8. Excellent
SHAPE HUNT – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on shapes for grades K-2. “In this investigation, students look for examples of patterns and shapes in both the natural and designed world. This investigation uses tangrams, or pattern blocks, in many of the activities.” Excellent
SHAPES AT WORK – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on shapes. “In this lesson, students will explore various shapes and record findings in their science journals. They will record shapes that they find around them, identifying those that can be used to solve practical problems and build larger structures.” Excellent
THE SHAPES OF OUR WORLD: EXPERIMENTING WITH THE
LANGUAGE OF GEOMETRY – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 on geometry. “In this lesson, students play a game of charades as an experiment in non-verbal communication. They then create maps with directions that demonstrate their ability to utilize shapes and spatial relationships in a practical context. Their learning is culminated in a written critical essay about the universality of human understanding.” Excellent
SIMON SIMULATION SAYS…: ASSESSING THE ROLE OF
STATISTICS IN BASEBALL STRATEGY – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on statistics for grades 7-12. “In this lesson, students reflect on how statistics are used to determine strategy in baseball and whether simulations are an adequate and appropriate tool for helping guide those decisions.” Excellent
SIMPLY THE BEST: DETERMINING CRITERIA OF GREATNESS IN THE MATH OR SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on graphs and statistics. “In this lesson, students explore both the objective and subjective criteria used to determine the 'greatness' of a person or team. Students create graphs comparing sports statistics and argue the need for other criteria to adequately judge whether a person or team is 'the best' in their profession.” Excellent
STACKING SQUARES – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on arranging squares. “This lesson prompts students to explore ways of arranging squares to represent equivalences involving square- and cube-roots. Students’ explanations and representations (with their various ways of finding these roots) form the basis for further work with radicals.” Excellent
STORIES THAT REALLY ADD UP: EXPLORING WAYS IN WHICH CHILDREN’S STORIES CAN BE USED TO TEACH MATH AND OTHER SUBJECTS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students work in groups to develop math lessons for younger students that each stems from a popular children's story. Group members then individually develop lessons for other subject areas based on their group's story, creating interdisciplinary units.” Excellent
SUPERKIDS MATH WORKSHEET CREATOR NEW URL!
Students or teachers can create their own math drill sheets. Sections: Addition, Subtraction, Mixed Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Greater Than/Less Than, and Rounding. Excellent
SUPPLY AND DEMAND – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on linear equations. “This activity focuses on having students create and solve a system of linear equations in a real-world setting. By solving the system, students will find the equilibrium point for supply and demand. Students should be familiar with finding linear equations from two points or slope and y-intercept.” Excellent
SYMMETRIES – CURRICULUM UNIT
A curriculum unit for grades j9-12 on symmetries. “This is the first i-Math in a four-part series of i-Maths entitled Symmetries and Their Properties. In this first i-Math you will investigate rotational symmetry. Fix a center, turn, and you have a rotation. Many objects in nature—flowers, starfish, and crystals—and objects we use every day, such as wheels, CDs, and drinking glasses, have rotational symmetry. Here, you will learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make your own designs.” Contains for lesson plans. Excellent
TEACH ALL STUDENTS MULTIPLICATION FACTS – LESSON PLANS
Activities and lessons to teach the multiplication tables. Includes ideas for games, quizzes, and much, much more. Note: Has some commercial content but most of the lessons, games and quizzes are free. Excellent
TEACHER NET LESSON PLAN EXCHANGE
A huge collection of math lesson plans for pre-school to senior high students. These are teacher-submitted and the quality varies. Excellent
TEACHERS HELPING TEACHERS MATH LESSON PLANS NEW URL!
A full page of lesson math lesson plans. Excellent
TESTING THE STATISTICS: ANALYZING TRENDS IN
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM RESULTS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on analyzing trends. “In this lesson, students share interpretations of a graph showing trends in college entrance exam results. They then work in groups to analyze the statistics and present their recommendations for target audiences.” Excellent
THERE HAS TO BE A SYSTEM FOR THIS SWEET PROBLEM – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on linear equations. “We are confronted with problems on a regular basis. Some of these are easy to solve, while others leave us puzzled. In this lesson, students will use problem-solving skills to find the solution to a multi-variable problem that is solved by manipulating linear equations. The problem has one solution, but there are multiple variations in how to reach that solution.” Excellent
THE THINKING BEHIND THE MATH
Online math activities from the Franklin Institute. Includes: Exhibit Math, Melting Pot Math: Multicultural Problems for the 21st Century, PEMDAS, Open-ended Math Problems, Puzzling and Perplexing Seasonal Math Problems, Neighborhood Math, Mathematics Hotlist, and Toothpick Puzzles. Excellent
TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING: EXPLORING CENSUS DATA
FROM THE LAST CENTURY – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on analyzing census data. “In this lesson, students will examine census data from 1915, 1967, and 2006, and then create an illustrated timeline that uses primary source pictures and text from each year of census data to depict change over time and to predict future trends.” Excellent
TIME VALUE OF MONEY – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the value of money. “Suppose your brother or sister owed you $500. Would you rather have this money repaid to you right away, in one payment, or spread out over a year in four installment payments? Would it make a difference either way?” Excellent
TO KEEP THE STRIKE GOING OR TO END IT? THAT WAS THE QUESTION – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the NBA strike of 1998. “According to the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition, the term "strike" is defined as a "temporary stoppage of activities to protest against an act or condition." This is what the NBA players union decided to do in July 1998. The term "lockout" is defined as "the withholding of employment by an employer and the whole or partial closing of his business establishment in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees." This is what the NBA owners decided to do. What transpired over a period of several months was one of the most interesting settlements in labor-movement history. What were the demands? Who were the winners? Who were the losers? What incentives drove the behavior of the players and the owners? Follow the links below and take notes in order to answer these questions.” Excellent
TRIGONOMETRY FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on trigonometry. “This lesson offers a pair of puzzles to enforce the skills of identifying equivalent trigonometric expressions. Additional worksheets enhance students' abilities to appreciate and use trigonometry as a tool in problem solving.” Excellent
TROUT POND – CURRICULUM
A curriculum unit for grades 9-12 on the use of iteration, recursion and algebra to analyze a changing fish population. “This investigation illustrates the use of iteration, recursion and algebra to model and analyze a changing fish population. Graphs, equations, tables, and technological tools are used to investigate the effect of varying parameters on the long-term population.” Contains four lesson plans. Excellent
UNDERSTANDING ECONOMICS – THEMATIC
A thematic unit on understanding economics for grades 9-12. Includes: Lessons on Economic Basics, Lessons on the Cost of Living, Lessons on Global Economics, Selected NY Times Specials and Multimedia, Crossword Puzzles, Other Web Resources and more. Outstanding. Excellent
THE UNEMPLOYMENT GAME – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on statistics. “The news media are full of stories about the unemployment rate. Is it rising? Is it falling? This lesson will help students understand how this important economic statistic is calculated. Other statistics related to labor markets will also be discussed. Also, students will participate in a short simulation game that will reinforce what they have learned about these important economic concepts.”
USING NBA STATISTICS FOR BOX AND WHISKER PLOTS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on using NBA data for box and whisker plots. “In this lesson, students use information from NBA statistics to make and compare box and whisker plots. The data provided in the lesson come from the NBA, but you could apply the lesson to data from the WNBA or any other sports teams or leagues for which player statistics are available.” Excellent
USING CUBES AND ISOMETRIC DRAWINGS – CURRICULUM
A unit for grades 6-8 using cubes and isometric drawings. “In this interactive geometry investigation, students explore polyhedra using different representations and perspectives for three dimensional block figures. In addition, students will examine area and volume concepts for block figures within this context.” Contains five lesson plans. Excellent
USING GRAPHS, EQUATIONS AND TABLES TO INVESTIGATE
THE ELIMINATION OF MEDICINE FROM THE BODY – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW!
A curriculum unit for grades 9-12 on using graphs, equations and tables. “This three-part example illustrates the use of iteration, recursion, and algebra to model and analyze the changing amount of medicine in an athlete’s body. This example is adapted from High School Mathematics at Work, a publication from the National Research Council (1998, p. 80). These activities allow high school students to study modeling in greater depth, as described in the Algebra Standard. In this part, Modeling the Situation, an interactive environment is used to become familiar with the parameters involved and the range of results that can be obtained. In the second part, Long-Term Effect, the interactive environment is used to investigate how changing parameter values affects the stabilization level of medicine in the body. In the third part, Graphing the Situation, an interactive graphical analysis provides a visual interpretation of the results. Through multiple representations of a common concept, better insight into, and a deeper understanding of, the problem situation can be achieved.” Contains three lesson plans. Excellent
USING YOUR MELON FOR MATH: APPLYING FRACTION MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION RECIPES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in applied mathematics. “In this lesson, students use recipes to practice their fraction multiplication and division skills by calculating the amounts of ingredients needed to make specific recipes, given varied numbers for the 'yield' quantity. Students will also use these fraction skills to convert small units of cooking measures to larger units.” Excellent
WEATHER WATCHERS – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on analyzing data. “Students collect and analyze data about the weather and learn to make a stem-and-leaf plot. Students use newspapers, the Internet, or other sources to collect weather data.” Excellent
A WEIGHTY TASK: ASSESSING THE VALUE OF STANDARD UNITS OF MEASUREMENT – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on measurement for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students aim to understand the need for standardization of units of measurement. They pose their own standards for the value of a kilogram and compare them with the currently used standard. Finally, students invent their own units of measurement and explain their usage.” Excellent
WHAT DOES A DOLLAR REALLY BUY? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on economics. “Students will describe the purpose of a price index, and how it is calculated. Then students will describe the weaknesses of the CPI, and interpret CPI data as a measure of economic health. Finally, students will identify who is harmed and who is helped by inflation.” Excellent
WHAT GOES UP…? UNDERSTANDING AND TRACKING THE
STOCK MARKET – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on the stock market for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students become acquainted with the basic terminology of the stock market, then experiment with researching and building their own mini-stock portfolios.” Excellent
WHAT GOOD IS MATH? –
Activities which show students in middle school how math is used every day. Contains six activities: Art and Math: How Are They Related?, How Did I Get a C in Spanish?, How Do I Get the Most for My Shopping Dollar?, So You’re Planning a Party?, So You’re Planning a Trip?, Will I Ever Be Able to Fill My Piggy Bank?. Excellent
WHAT’S IN A GRAPH? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on graphs. “The purpose of this lesson is to help students learn how to use and interpret graphs. The graphs will be pulled from a variety of sources, and the activities ask students to interpret graphs. Students need to start this lesson with the knowledge of what a graph is. They should also know how to observe and collect data.” Excellent
WHAT’S IN A NAME – CURRICULUM
A unit for grades 3-5 on pictographs, bar graphs and more. “Students explore sets of names and create bar graphs, pictographs, glyphs, and circle graphs. They also find the range, compute measures of center, and create box and whisker plots.” Contains five lesson plans. Excellent
WHAT’S IN A SHAPE? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on tangrams. “By using tangram shapes, children learn the relationships between shapes, for instance, that two identical right isosceles triangles fit together to form a square. Additionally, children learn that three basic shapes—triangles, squares, and parallelograms, each composed of one or more small right triangles—can fit together to form many other shapes and figures.
One line of research on how people learn emphasizes the helpfulness of making multiple representations of the same idea and translating from one to another. When a student can begin to represent a relationship in tables, graphs, symbols, and words, one can be confident that the student has really grasped its meaning.
Students should begin to use all these features in describing and designing things and increase substantially the number of geometric shapes and concepts they are familiar with. For more information on the development of geometrical thinking, see the related research for this Benchmark section. (Benchmarks for Science Literacy, p. 352.)
Experiences in exploring and understanding relationships of shapes to each other are important prerequisites for advanced mathematics. The opportunity to explore shapes will introduce vocabulary and geometric concepts that are part of mathematics and everyday problem solving, such as storing articles in tight spaces or building a model car.” Excellent
WHAT’S YOUR WINGSPAN? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on measurement. “In this lesson, students will build on previous experiences and measure each other’s wingspan, and record and analyze the data.” Excellent
WHELK-COME TO MATHEMATICS – AN I-MATH INVESTIGATION – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW URL!
A unit for grades 9-12 on mathematical functions. Sections: Make a Conjecture, Conduct an Experiment, Analyze the Data and Work to a Conclusion. Excellent
WORD PROBLEMS FOR KIDS
A series of word problems for grades 5-12. Excellent
THE WORLD OF MEASUREMENT – UNIT
An introduction to measurement for upper elementary students. Sections: Length, Mass, Temperature, Time and Volume. Each section has basic information and an activity. Excellent
YOU BET! LEARNING ABOUT PROBABILITY AND BEHAVIOR IN GAMBLING – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on probability for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students will explore the mathematical probabilities involved in gambling and how these factors affect people's behavior.” Excellent
PAID HOW MUCH FOR THAT TICKET?” – LESSON PLAN
A lesson in economic discrimination for grades 9-12. “Now you might be wondering just what discrimination has to do with a web site dedicated to economics, but did you know that discrimination is sometimes at work in the prices you pay for goods and services? Consider the situation of two individual who want to travel from New Jersey to Seattle for the weekend on Airline X. Each person buys a ticket for the same airplane, in seats 11-A and 11-B, respectively. Jose buys his plane ticket online after he receives an e-mail posting from the Airline X advertising a bargain price for a flight to Seattle. Jose has friends in Seattle he would like to visit, and this weekend is as good as any. Kelly, on the other hand, is already at the airport and buys her ticket directly from Airline X. Kelly has just been directed by the company she works for to be in Seattle for an important Saturday morning meeting. Both people are buying the exact same service (transportation to Seattle), and they will be sitting in seats right next to each other. Explain why it would be reasonable to assume that both tickets will cost the same amount. [The tickets represent an identical service, so we would expect that each person paid the same amount.] Do you think Jose and Kelly actually paid the same amount for their tickets? Follow the link below to read about an actual case of paying too much for a service. http://plus.maths.org/issue37 /features/currie/index.html .” Excellent
BROWNTOWN MALL – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 in which they create a budget, calculate taxes and apply mathematics to real-life situations. “Students will be able to maintain a checkbook register, calculate taxes, create and implement a budget and use other classroom skills to become productive members of the small city of Browntown.” Very Good
CALCULATOR PATTERN PUZZLES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for K-5 on number patterns. Very Good
CANDY BASKETS: TRUNCATED PYRAMIDS – ACTIVITY
“Design and make from poster board open-topped containers in the shape of inverted truncated pyramids, having a regular polygon (of your choice) for a base. Adding handles to the containers makes interesting and fun candy baskets.” Very Good
CLASS BANK – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grade 5 in which students use their math skills to manage a class bank. Very Good
CONSTRUCTING YOUR OWN SET OF TANGRAMS
A student activity in which they construct their own set of tangrams. Very Good
EGYPTIAN MULTIPLICATION – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for 9th grade students. “Upon completion of lecture on Egyptian Multiplication, these ninth grade general mathematics students will be able to multiply any two numbers using the Egyptian algorithm with ninety-five percent accuracy.” Very Good
EQUIVALENT FRACTION MUNCH WITH PIZZA PIE – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 on fractions. “Use concrete pictorial models to represent fractions and mixed numbers; relate symbols to the models. Use models and pictures to compare fractions including equivalent fractions and mixed numbers; explain the comparison.” Very Good
EVALUATING MATHEMATICAL MODELS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on mathematical models. “Because mathematics plays such a central role in modern culture, scientifically literate students must develop a basic understanding of the nature of mathematics. It is important for students to realize that mathematics, like science and technology, incorporates both finding answers to fundamental questions and solving practical problems.” Very Good
EXPLORING EQUATIONS FURTHER – LESSON
A lesson plan on equations for grade 7 and up. “Students should use technological tools to represent and study the behavior of polynomial, exponential, rational, and periodic functions, among others. They will learn to combine functions, express them in equivalent forms, compose them, and find inverses where possible. As they do so, they will come to understand the concept of a class of functions and learn to recognize the characteristics of various classes.” Very Good
EXPLORING GEOMETRY ON THE SPHERE – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in geometry. “This particular activity allows students to discover that not all geometry is Euclidean.” Very Good
EXPLORING SIMILARITY USING SCALE DRAWINGS – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 8-12 on the properties of similarity. Very Good
FRACTION CONVERSION BINGO – LESSON PLAN
“The purpose of this lesson is to reinforce previous math lessons involving the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents.” Very Good
HALLOWEEN MATH WORD PROBLEMS
Primary level math word problems with a Halloween theme. Very Good
HYPERBOLAS AND ELLIPSES – LESSON
A lesson plan on hyperbolas and ellipses. “Introduction- In spite of the popularity of graphing calculators, students do not have a good knowledge of the shapes and properties of hyperbolas and ellipses. In this unit students learn some basic properties of these curves, and they draw them, in order to get familiar with their shapes.” Very Good
LEARNING ABOUT RATIOS: A SANDWICH STUDY – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 on ratios. “The purpose of this activity is to provide students with a concrete introduction to the concept of ratios.” Very Good
LEARNING FRACTIONS WITH M&M’S – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 2-3 on fractions. “This lesson is designed to improve students' understanding of fractions by using a fun manipulative (M & M candies). The students will sort their bowl of M & M's into colors and then, for each color, they will write out, both longhand and numerically, the fraction that represents how many of their M & M's are that color.” Very Good
LET’S GO SHOPPING! – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for primary students on using math when shopping. “The students will create a list of clothing that is necessary to buy in order to be fully dressed. They will be calculating how much they spend, staying at or below the designated amount. The students will also calculate how much change they should receive if any. By doing these things, the students will actively be involved in problem solving, decision making, and use of mathematical concepts.” Very Good
M&M GRAPHING AND PROBABILITY – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 1-5 on probability in which students use M&M candies to develop charts and graphs and determine probability. Very Good
MARS FRACTION HUNT – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on fractions. “This lesson is designed to give the students practice in the use of fractions, changing fractions, using equivalent fractions, and paying attention to detail. This lesson works well at fourth grade level, but I find it can have good use with advanced third graders.” Very Good
MATH LESSON PLANS
A collection of math lesson plans. Seem to range from K-12. Very Good
MATHEMATICS ARCHIVE – LESSON PLANS
A full page of links. Sections: Lesson Plans, Software, Topics in Mathematics, Contests and Competitions, Professional Societies and Other. Very Good Note: Also in Websites section.
MATHEMATICS IN THE WORKS COLLAGE – LESSON
A lesson plan in which students create collages using examples of real-life math uses. Very Good
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH – LINKS AND LESSONS
A page of links and lessons for middle school math students. Very Good
THE MINORITY MAJORITY: LEARNING ABOUT PERCENTAGES IN CENSUS FIGURES – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on percentages. “In this lesson, students design a census class and school, then tabulate the results.” Very Good
MONSTROUS MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan on fractions for grades 4-6. “In this lesson, students use fraction circles to create a "fraction monster." Students practice their skills in adding fractions with unlike denominators. The activity also provides an opportunity to integrate creative writing into the math curriculum” Very Good
MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION OF INTEGERS – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 6-7 on integers. “This lesson focuses on two basic operations on integers. The goal is for students to enhance their understanding of multiplication and division, using counting numbers and their negative counterparts.” Very Good
MULTIPLYING BINOMIALS WITH FOIL – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 8-10 on algebra. “Given two binomials, students will be able to multiply the correct terms of the binomial together and be able to combine the two binomials into a single polynomial.” Very Good
NUMBER SPIRAL CIRCLE PATTERN – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grade 4 on number patterns. Very Good
PAPER POOL ANALYZING NUMERIC AND GEOMETRIC PATTERNS – CURRICULUM UNIT NEW TITLE AND URL!
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students play an imaginary game of pool and analyze the number patterns. Very Good
PROBABILITY: ROLL THE DICE! – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 10-12 on probability. “This activity can be used as an introduction to probability. Students work in pairs to record outcomes when dice are rolled. Students also research the history and modern uses of probability.” Very Good
REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS USING BASIC MATH SKILLS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 5-10 in which students learn how to budget personal expenses, handle bank accounts and more. Very Good
ROMAN NUMERALS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 in which students become familiar with Roman Numerals and learn how to manipulate them and translate them into Arabic numbers. Very Good
SIMULTANEOUS EQUATIONS USING ELIMINATION – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on equations. “The Elimination method is an effective method for solving a system of two unknowns. This lesson provides students with immediate feedback using a computer program or online applet.” Very Good
SMILE METRIC STYLE – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 4-8 on metric measurement. Very Good
SMILING MAN – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on algebra. “The students will factor trinominals, with 90% accuracy, and use the smiling man to check if the factoring is done correctly.” Very Good
SQUARES OF NUMBERS IN MULTIPLICATION – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 2-3 on multiplication. “It is easy enough for students to memorize 3x3=9, 4x4=16, etc. but this lesson gives a visual image for these simple patterns that will facilitate learning other patterns for the multiplication tables and extend to later math concepts. “ Very Good
TANGRAMS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 4-12 on tangrams “to provide students with some insight as to how the tangram pieces fit together, and to stimulate their interest in forming shapes and exploring patterns using the tangram pieces..” Very Good
TEACHING TREASURES ONLINE INTERACTIVE MATHEMATICS
An extensive number of printable worksheets for elementary level math students. Also includes flash cards and picture Maths. Very Good
TRIANGLE INVESTIGATION – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for kindergarten on triangles. “Students will develop their problem solving skills by arranging the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 so that each side of the triangle adds up to 10.” Good
21 GAME – LESSON PLAN NEW URL!
A lesson plan for a math game for grades 2-6. “One person goes first and says the number "one" or "two." The other player says the next one or two consecutive numbers. Each player chooses whether to say one or two numbers during each turn. The players continue to alternate turns and say the next one to two consecutive numbers until someone reaches 21.” Very Good
ADDING DECIMALS – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for primary students in which they learn how to add numbers containing decimal points. Good
ALGEBRA CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A crossword puzzle on Algebra from the NY Times for high school students. Good
AREA CODE MATH – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for grades 4-5 on math. “The phone book's listing of area codes provides a novel source of three digit subtraction, addition, and multiplication practice as well as promotes map - reading skills and knowledge of U.S. geography.” Good
THE BIRTHDAY PROBLEM: A SHORT LESSON IN PROBABILITY – LESSON PLAN
A lesson in probability using class birthdays. For middle or high school level math students. Includes a simulation. Good
CANTEACH NUMBERS – LESSON PLANS
A short list of lesson plans on numbers range from K-2 to grade 6. Good
COIN POEMS – LESSON PLANS
Simple poems to help children remember the worth of coins. Good
GEOMETRY CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A crossword puzzle on Geometry from the NY Times for high school students. It looks blank, you have to scroll down to it. Good
MAKING SENSE OF THE CENSUS – LESSON
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on using mean and median in census data. Good
MATHEMATICS CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A crossword puzzle on Mathematics from the NY Times for high school students. Good
MEASURE HUNT – 2ND GRADE – LESSON PLAN
A classroom activity for 2nd grade students in which they have a treasure hunt using measurements. Good
MONEY TRADING SONG – LESSON PLAN
A simple song to help children learn about coins. Good
MULTO MATH GAME
A math game for all levels similar to Bingo. Good
NOT ALLOWED GAME – LESSON PLAN – NEW URL!
A lesson plan for grades K-3 in which students will add and subtract coins to use the least number of coins to achieve a given amount. Good
SUBTRACTION WAR – MATH GAME – LESSON PLAN
A lesson plan for elementary students in which they use a deck of cards to form math problems. Short but Good. Good
TEACH R KIDS MATH
Online worksheets for pre-school to grade 3. Click on the topics at left for the worksheets. Good
UNITS OF MEASURE CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A crossword puzzle on Units of Measure from the NY Times for high school students. Good
AERODYNAMIC ADVENTURE – AMELIA EARHART’S FLIGHT – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for middle school students on plane math using the flight of Amelia Earhart as a basis. Includes a number of activities. “Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, July 24,1898. She was the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean. She recorded many other firsts in aviation history as either pilot or copilot.Earhart developed an interest in flying during her youth. In July 1937, as she attempted the first round-the-world flight via the equator with navigator Frederick J. Noonan, her plane mysteriously disappeared after takeoff from New Guinea. The mystery surrounding this flight has puzzled many people.
This webquest begins your aerodynamic adventure to assist Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in a successful completion of their flight. We hope you will enjoy some aerodynamic adventures. During this webquest your group will face lofty challenges. Try to navigate through the following activities. Be sure to stay on task!” Excellent
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE
BASKETBALL: COMPARING STATISTICS – WEBQUEST
A webquest on statistics for high school students. “In this WebQuest, you will select five teams from the ACC and you will determine the average number of points scored by each team each game as well as the average number of points scored against each team each game for all the team's games in the 1999-2000 season. For the five teams you have chosen, you will compare the difference between the average number of points scored by a team each game versus the average number of points scored by it's opponents each game. Additionally, you will compare this calculated difference with each team's overall record and their standing in the ACC.” You’ll want to change the year covered. Excellent
A webquest for 3rd grade students using geometry through quiltmaking. “Dear Diary, I have had an amazing idea for a new project, and I knew that I had to write it down before I forgot it! My goal is to create a colorful and beautiful quilt with many different colors, shapes, and patterns. This is what I have in mind:
-at least three different geometric shapes (Circles and squares, octagons and triangles, and of course--stars!)
-a symmetrical design (I love symmetry, I wish the American flag had been more symmetrical!) -patterns using colors, shapes, or both (Patterns are what make quilts so beautiful!) Creativity is a must when working with quilts, and the possibilities are endless. The more I think of different quits the more ideas I have. I only hope that I will be able to bring this dream to life! Sincerely, Betsy” Excellent
COOPERSTOWN BOUND? – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest combining math and baseball statistics for 5th grade students. “Statistics are very important to sports, and perhaps even more so to baseball. A seemingly intrinsic part of the game is the keeping of statistics on the achievements of the players. The practice was started by Henry Chadwick in the 19th century who devised the concepts of batting average and earned run average based on his experience of cricket. Statistics have been kept for the Major Leagues since their creation. General managers and baseball scouts study player statistics to decide what players to try to get for their team. Managers, catchers and pitchers study statistics of batters on opposing teams to figure out how best to pitch to them and position the players. Managers and batters study opposing pitchers to figure out how best to hit them. Managers often base their personnel
decisions during the game on statistics, such as choosing who to put in the lineup, or which relief pitcher to bring in. When a player's career is over, there is only one crowning achievement they can obtain. The greatest players are elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Based on statistics, can you decide which players will eventually be elected into the Hall of Fame?” Excellent
CRACK THE MAGIC CODE – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest on patterns for 4th grade students. “Your group’s task is to first try to decipher Merlot’s code by studying code as group, and then each individual will study a specific code and become an expert in that specific code, answering questions and taking notes on the code they have chosen, learning all you can about how the code works and who uses the code. After you have researched your code thoroughly, you will work with your group and share your information about your code. Together you will mind map/create a chart of the similarities and differences of each code. Then you will decide which code Merlot has used and decode his message. After decoding, your group will work together to create your very own group code. You can use information from the codes you learned about and even use parts of these codes in your own self made secret code. You will then use your code to write a message to Prof. Chastin, telling him of Merlot’s evil plot and asking him to rescue your group from the mountain.” Excellent
CREATING A PERSONAL BUDGET WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for 7th grade students on creating a personal budget. “The objective of this Webquest is for you to create a budget based on the salary you will receive for the career you choose. You will include finding a house, finding a car, and developing a budget based on this career choice that will match your income. It will be necessary for you to make some calculations to determine monthly payments for house, car, food, and utilities. Remember to follow your dreams, but these dreams, like everything else, cost.” Excellent
CURRENCY EXCHANGE AND THE GANG OF FIFTEEN – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for grades 4-10 on currency and math. “One of the many challenges of traveling in foreign countries is trying to determine how much things actually cost in dollars, even though we are using local currency. This activity provides students with that opportunity as they "travel" around the world on the trail of the gang of fifteen.” Excellent
DON’T BURN, BUILD! BRIDGE DESIGN CHALLENGE – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for high school students on geometry and physics. “To enter the bridge contest for the city of Kolkata, you must design a blueprint of the bridge. Each of you will choose a role and research information in those roles. You will then come together as team members, bringing knowledge of architecture and environment, construction, and structural engineering to the project. Consider each branch of knowledge since all will be important factors in designing your bridge. Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is an expanding metropolis and the site of a major port. A steady stream of traffic crosses the three major bridges that currently connect the city of Kolkata, on the west bank of the river Hooghly, to the twin city of Howrah. Residents and travelers require the new bridge over the Hooghly River for two main reasons. Ease traffic congestion on the bridges Connect northern suburbs of Kolkata (and international airport) to industrial center of Howrah You do not need to consider cost in designing the bridge; a major financial donor with a business interest will be providing the funding. After designing the blueprint of your bridge, you will make a persuasive presentation to the class justifying your bridge design. You will need to convince your peers, acting as the contest judges, that your design is the best based on your research and analysis of the landscape, environment, and bridge structure.” We found some broken links on this site. You’ll have to add your own. Excellent
A webquest on the different ways math was developed in different countries. “Mathematics is not a linear science! Cultures all over the world have made important discoveries. As explorers traveled the world, they brought to their own countries the advancements in math and sciences they found in the various places they visited. Textbooks tell us a lot about the Greeks and the Europeans and their marvelous contributions; now your job is to find out what other peoples developed through the years. As you learn some mathematical facts from a variety of cultures, try to decide which you think are the most interesting and important. This may be the basis for your presentation project!” Excellent
EVALUATING MATH GAMES WEBQUEST
A webquest in which students play math games and evaluate them according to different roles. “Your group will be playing "educational" math games and deciding which ones are worth recommending and which ones are just junk. Now, of course, people have different opinions on what makes a game "fun" or "boring" or "educational" or "worthwhile" so you will be evaluating the games from several perspectives. One of you will take the roll of teacher, looking for the math content, difficulty level, and appropriateness of the game. Another will take the roll of parent concerned with the general educational content and challenging "why not just use a book?" The final role is of a student concentrating primarily on the graphics and actual enjoyment of the game. After playing around a bit you will compile your observations and make a recommendation.” Note: We found a couple of broken links within this site. Excellent
FIX IT UP! RENOVATE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARK – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest on math for middle school students. “You will work in a group of three students, each playing a role, for this task. Your team will be trying to renovate the Greenwood Park in San Diego, California; so you will begin by searching for materials needed to make the park beautiful once again. This renovation will include: ● Landscaping ● Replacement and addition of recreation equipment ● Replacement and addition of facilities within the park. In your specific roles, you will research equipment and facilities from various manufacturers and decide on which you will use to replace the originals in Greenwood Park. Remember to choose materials for cost and function. After deciding on the different items individually, you will come together in your group and make a final decision. Then you will create a budget of your renovation costs so the mayor can choose a good plan for a good price.
After creating the renovation plan, you will draw the park layout after your renovations with pictures from the Web. You will present this on a piece of poster board. Although several items are already located within the park, you will be able to move them to where you choose when you create your renovated park.” We found a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent
THE GREAT PYRAMID – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for secondary geometry students on pyramids. “After researching the Great Pyramids, you and your partner will use the information you found to construct a scale model of the Great Pyramid, perform mathematical analyses from the data you have collected and make a short presentation using this information. You will also analyze a specific topic that is of interest to both of you.” Some links were broken. Excellent
IT’S A MATH WORLD – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest on math for 5th grade students. “Well...are you all ready for this? When you have completed this WebQuest, you and your group will have created a new children's book. Not only will you have this book to be proud of, you will also learn a lot about how Math is used in the real world. So, your main task is to create this book that is similar to a book that your teacher will read to you called Math Curse. You will work with your group members to explore the Internet and find out how so many things in your life are related to Math and decide on reasons of why the Math concepts are important, and then you will use your writing and drawing skills to create a masterpiece - your very own children's book.” Excellent
LOOK WHO’S FOOTING THE BILL – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest on the national debt for junior high students and up. “Probably you! That's who's going to foot the bill. At least you will in the future because the United States' national debt stands at over 5 trillion dollars (that's a five with, uh... 12 zeroes after it?).
If we don't like the idea that the U.S. Government uses money it doesn't have, why don't we all pitch in right now to clear the debt once and for all? Maybe you've already sampled Money Matters? and have some ideas about saving & spending? So, you know, we could all dig deep into our pockets, raid our piggy banks, give up a couple goodies, maybe even skip a present or two on our birthdays?
Yeah, right. How about this question: you got $20,000 in your savings? Even if you did, would you mind not going to college or putting off buying your own home someday?
What about this plan: we can skip lunch and save that money... For the next 18 years!? At $3.00 per lunch, day-in and day-out that's what it would take. Does this bother you at all?
And why are you kids the ones who will have to pay off the U.S. National Debt? Ummm... because adults don't feel like it? How about now? Are you getting angry yet?
But wait! Some people say we don't need to worry about the debt. What we need is to keep growing the economy. After all, with the Internet and e-commerce, we live in a new era where it's important to boost the global economy. Then the debt will take care of itself.
Do you find all these huge numbers and disagreeing arguments confusing? Are you tempted to just ignore it? Have you got twenty grand in the bank? Thought so. Maybe we better look into this a little more deeply? Maybe even do something about it?
Welcome to democracy! Now let's get busy on this WebQuest. Move through the links below to complete this WebQuest. Start with the Question / Task or turn to the Help! page for a Teacher's Guide. The Rubric link shows how students completing the WebQuest could be evaluated. The Dictionary link pops open a small window so users can find definitions online.” There are additional links and updates in the Help section for teachers. Excellent
MATH MAGAZINE WEBQUEST
A math webquest for middle school students. “Your group has been chosen to form the first Math Magazine for teens! We all know how exciting mathematics can be and we want to share this excitement with the whole world! Each of you will be creating exciting articles, puzzles, challenge problems, cartoons and advertisements. You will then edit your individual work as a group and your math teen magazine will be born!” Excellent
MATH WEBQUESTS NEW!
A collection of webquests on math topics. We found a couple didn’t work. Excellent
MATH WEBQUESTS NEW!
A collection of math webquests. Some indicate the grade level, some don’t. Definitely worth checking out. Excellent
MATH WEBQUESTS HOTLIST
A full page of math webquests. Excellent
MONEY AND ECONOMICS WEBQUEST
A math webquest for grades 3-5. “The economy of our nation is in danger! It is your mission as a "Junior Detective" to learn all that you can about money and economics, as well as, identify counterfeit money that is being passed throughout our banks and stores by "America’s Most Wanted" felons. Follow the clues to learn the information and locate evidence of counterfeit bills. Additionally, you must also go undercover and pose as an employee in a business, and then as an entrepreneur starting your own business. While you are undercover, you must also gather important information at each location so that we will have records to share with future detectives. Use your Junior Detective skills to collect the necessary information and solve the crime. So begin your investigation and learn valuable real-life skills, as you gather important information about money and economics.” Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent
PERSONAL BUDGET WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for junior/senior high students on creating a personal budget. “A budget is a plan for using your money in a way that best meets your needs and wants--it is the first step toward financial success. A budget is all about making your own choices. By using a budget you will learn how to live within your income, avoid running out of money between paychecks, evaluate your spending habits, make wise spending choices, set aside savings for unexpected expenses, and develop good money management skills that will help you reach your financial goals.” Very thorough and detailed. Excellent
MR. PITONYAK’S PYRAMID PUZZLE - WEBQUEST
A project for middle school students in which they must determine how much it would cost to build and Egyptian pyramid. Excellent
A PIZZA FAMILY REUNION – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for 7th grade students on using math to determine the number of pizza slices needed. “Your family is having a reunion, and, since last time you and your cousins complained about Aunt Misha's meatball surprise, you have been put in charge of the food. After much consideration, you have decided to make homemade pizza. You decide to ask your Mom for help, and she says that, aside from doing the shopping, you are on your own. She does, however, let you know that there will be 60 people at the reunion, and each of them will need 4 slices, (1/2 of a pizza). She also said that, in order to have a diverse menu, that you should make 3 different types of pizza, with 1/3 being one type, 1/2 being another type, and the rest being a third type.” Excellent
PLANET SCHICK – MATH WEBQUESTS AND ACTIVITIES
A collection of math webquests and activities. Excellent Note: Also in Lesson Plans section.
RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL, LET DOWN YOUR…. GEOMETRY WEBQUEST FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS
A webquest for grades 1-3. “Each day when the prince visits Rapunzel, he needs to bring a piece of silken rope to make into a ladder. Your goal is to gain points to get the thread for the prince. He needs 50 pieces to make it to the bottom of the tower. Each time you complete a task, you will gain points. Keep track of your points on the scoreboard. When you reach 50, you will have gained enough silken rope pieces to help the prince and Rapunzel escape the tower and live "happily every after!" Note: We found some broken links on this site. Excellent
STEP RIGHT UP! CREATE A CLASSROOM CARNIVAL – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for 4th grade students on math. “Your class will be divided into groups of three. Each group will pick two popular carnival games to research. Each group member will hold a specific role that will help determine which of the games will raise the most money and best serve the school at the carnival. After research is completed, the group members will come together with their data and decide which game should be made. You have been given a budget of $50.00 to spend on your supplies. You will purchase your supplies from the Classroom Carnival Store. Once each group finishes their game, it's time for the carnival! Each group will set up its game around the classroom and you will get to see if your group's research was correct - and have fun playing your classmates' games, too!” Excellent
THE TITANIC – WHAT CAN NUMBERS TELL US ABOUT HER FATAL VOYAGE? – WEBQUEST
A secondary level math webquest in which students use spreadsheets to create tables and graphs. “One of today's hottest topics is the discussion of "The Titanic" - the movie - and its stars. But what do you know about the REAL Titanic? its passengers? its crew? This webquest will help you and an assigned partner to explore these topics and look at them from a mathematical perspective. In the process, you will find not only interesting facts and dramatic stories, but also numerous statistics related to the event. The statistics tell stories of their own. It will be your job to discover some of these stories and share your results.” Excellent
AIRFARES – WEBQUEST
A webquest on purchasing airline tickets for high school students. “Using Internet resources, you will obtain the costs for flying to at least six different cities. You will also obtain the different costs based on how far in advance you purchase the tickets. Assuming a linear relationship, you will develop a model to predict the cost of a ticket to a particular city. You will review this model and as a team, conclude whether you think it is a good model or not.” Very Good
ALGEBRA PORTFOLIO – WEBQUEST
An algebra webquest for 9th grades students. “You will put together a portfolio of the activities we have completed through the school year. You then need to select a career or what you might like to do in life and see how you would address at least four different types of real life activities involving algebra equations. You need to explain how to set up your equation and you need to describe crisply and clearly how to solve the equation step by step. When appropriate, graph your results so you can show a conclusion of your findings.” Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Very Good
BALD EAGLES OF MISSOURI – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for grades 6-8 using bar graphs to depict eagle counts. Easily adaptable to New Jersey. “Most people don't think of the value the many lakes, streams, and rivers of Missouri hold for many migrating waterfowl. Missouri ranks as one of the top states in migrating eagles. You may have heard the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." A bar graph does just that. It is a great way to organize and display a lot of information, such as the annual eagle counts of Missouri” Add your own links for Eagle Facts. Very Good
A webquest for grades 1-2. Students must use math to figure out how to get Cinderella to the ball without using magic. Very Good
A CREATIVE ENCOUNTER OF THE NUMERICAL KIND – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for middle school students on math. “The year is 2073 A.D. and the President of the United Nations has drafted you (because of your famous mathematical brain) to join a team of mathematical consultants to travel to Zonetia, a recently discovered planet in a neighboring galaxy. King Zoppo (he's the green guy on the Home page) of the Zony Tribe on Zonetia insists that his primitive society cannot begin to make technological advancements unless they have guidance to develop a brand-new base 4 number system to fit the Zonies' two-fingered hands. That's right; they have two hands just like you, but each hand has only two fingers. Therefore, they need a specially-tailored number system with only four symbols. In order to best preserve Zony culture, King Zoppo, in his wisdom, has requested that the new number symbols be different than those used on Earth. Because King Zoppo knows that Earthlings spent thousands and thousands of years developing the current U.S./European number system, he wants you to use your experience to assist him in leading his people through an efficient process, instead of leaving them to build their own number system slowly, through trial and error. There's no time to waste! In exchange for your work King Zoppo has promised to send much-needed energy resources to planet Earth. Although the mission is considered dangerous, the success of your team could bring you fame and fortune and make life better for billions of Zonies and Earthlings.” Warning: The Egyptian Numerials link takes you to a dating site. Substitute something else. Very Good
DESIGN A CLUBHOUSE – MATH WEBQUEST
A webquest for 4th-5th grade math students. “Congratulations, "We Build It All Incorporated" an architectural firm that specializes in creating blueprints for building projects has just hired you. Your boss, Ray, the builder, has just assigned you a new project. You must design a blueprint and floor plan for a high-class club house to be sold by Hoger Building Supplies.” Very Good
GEOMETRY MEETS POETRY – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for junior high students on geometry. “What do poetry and math have in common? The NES Publishing Company has hired Mrs. Deane's class and Mrs. Modena's class to find out! Your role will be to merge geometry with poetry, and create an animated gif that reflects the changes your selected geometric concept goes through! Your poems will be part of a poetry collection that will surely be used by other teachers to revolutionize the teaching of geometry. Your success in working on this project is certain to influence future generations for years to come.” Includes examples of completed projects. We found some broken links on this site. Very Good
GREAT MATHEMATICIANS WEBQUEST
A webquest on mathematicians for grades 9-12. “Generally, courses in mathematics spend so much time introducing and practicing specific mathematical concepts that the history of mathematics is often neglected. This project will give you an opportunity to explore the background of a specific mathematician and hopefully, in the process, gain an appreciation of math history. During the course of the project you and a partner will: •search the web for relevant facts about your mathematician • find a photograph or drawing of your mathematician •organize the data into a series of slides in a Power Point presentation • present the information you found to the rest of the class.” Poor links. Very Good
THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICIANS AND PHYSICISTS – WEBQUEST
A webquest on the contributions of mathematicians and physicists for junior/senior high students. “You are members of a group of researchers who are studying the history of contributions to BOTH mathematics and physics. Each group will consist of five students. Each student in the group should research two different people from this list. After researching the people in the list go back to your group to discuss your findings. Then, choose five of them and describe the specific contribution that each person made to both mathematics and physics. Finally, you will be making a presentation to your classmates on your findings.” Very Good
THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS – WEBQUEST
A webquest on the history of mathematics for 9th grade students. “Ms. Jones's eighth grade students asked her who invented mathematics. She is very busy with end of the semester responsibilities and isn't sure she will have enough time to find the information for her students. She would like you to help her out. She would like you to research two ancient cultures and compare the mathematics they used.” Very Good
IT’S A THRILL: ROLLER COASTER STATISTICS – WEBQUEST
A webquest on statistics. “Your class is really fortunate, you have earned a trip to a theme park. You will be taking this field trip the last day of school. Where should you go? How about a theme park? Your task is to research eight roller coasters and decide which roller coaster offers the best thrill based on height, length, and maximum speed.” Very Good
LOCAL STUDENT CHASED UP A TREE! – A MATH
A webquest for middle school students in which they must calculate whether a rescue helicopter can pluck an unlucky student from a tree before the bear climbs the tree. Very Good
THE MATH MISSION
A webquest on mathematicians for middle school students. “CONGRATULATIONS! You have been selected to serve on the Search Committee for your school. The year is 2037, and your school is seeking an extraordinary mathematician to guide its students. The Search Committee must research famous mathematicians and recruit a prospective candidate. You and the other members of the committee have been authorized access to the Department of Education's Time Machine and must convince the famous mathematician to travel to the future for the benefit of mankind. You have two weeks to accomplish this mission successfully. Good Luck!” Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good
A collection of math webquests. Includes brief evaluations. Very Good
PENNY-PINCHER’S STOCK MARKET SWEEPSTAKES – WEBQUEST
A webquest on investing for middle school students. “Your team may have already won the Penny-Pinchers' Clearing House $100,000 Grand Prize. Since these stingy individuals won't let go of their money easily, they will only award the grand prize to a group of young financial experts who will invest their winnings wisely. The Penny-Pinchers also want young people to practice applying math skills, realize the importance of saving money, and encourage future investments in stocks.” Very Good
PLAN YOUR OWN TRIP TO ASIA
OR AFRICA – WEBQUEST
A webquest for middle students and up on planning a trip with budget constraints. Students use both Excel and PowerPoint in their planning. “”Summer has finally arrived and you and your friends have each been given $3,000 for an ten day trip! The destination of your trip is to any place in Africa or Asia. As you have learned in social studies class, there are many exciting destinations in both Africa and Asia. It is up to you and your friends to plan a fun-filled yet educational trip within your budget!” The links are weak. You’ll want to add your own. Very Good
SEARCHING FOR SOLUTIONS MATH WEBQUEST
A webquest on problem-solving. “This web-based unit will introduce students to strategies and real-life practice activities for applying problem-solving skills. Students will investigate real problems through a variety of websites and group activities. They will become familiar with eight strategies and will practice using these strategies to use the Internet to obtain information, analyze data, make decisions, and apply problem-solving skills to find solutions to real-life situations.” Very Good
TEACHING TESSELLATIONS – WEBQUEST
A webquest for junior high students on tessellations. “Your group has been asked to write a book explaining tessellations. This book will be used by 4th, 5th and 6th graders at a neighboring elementary school. As you create your book make sure it is age appropriate, user friendly, visually appealing and has a consistent style.” Very Good
WHAT’S IN A LINE? – WEBQUEST
An algebra webquest for middle school students. “We have studied solving and graphing linear equations. We have also studied the slope-intercept form of a line. Now we will visit the Internet and see how linear equations come up in real life. You will work in groups. Your group will chose a real life situation to investigate. Some of you will compute the number of calories that you will burn dancing or golfing or running. Some of you will investigate car prices, maybe the cost of a TransAm or a Corvette. Others will investigate scores in the NBA or WNBA. You will gather data, write an equation, draw a graph and collaborate to draw conclusions based on analysis of your data. You will also send e-mail to Dr. Math. All to see how linear equations are part of our daily life.” Very Good
ELLIPSES – WEBQUEST
A webquest for Algebra II students on ellipses. “In Algebra 2, you discuss conic sections. In class you learn about the equations for ellipses, parabolas, circles, and hyperbolas. In this web quest, you will focus primarily on ellipses. You will discover the history surrounding the ellipse, the algebraic model, and the use of the ellipse in design development and in the space program. You will work on several projects involving design development and in the tracking of satellites.” Note: This site has a lot of broken links in the Resources section that would need to be updated. Good
FRANCHISE – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for grades 6-8 on investing money. “How do you think you could make it rich? Have you ever thought about opening your own restaurant? Many people choose to quit their jobs and try opening their own restaurants. This can sometimes be a very risky business. People choose to open a business that is already well known. This is called a Franchise. In this lesson, your class will investigate different franchises and decide which one is best to invest in.” Many of the links are broken. You’ll need to add your own. Good
MATH QUEST – WEBQUEST
A webquest in which students critique math web sites. Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good
MATH THROUGH THE AGES – WEBQUEST NEW!
A webquest for middle school students on the history of mathematics. “This WebQuest will give you an overview of the history of mathematics. You will be visiting different time periods and cultures in order to solve a modern math problem.” Good
A webquest in which students evaluate other math webquests on the Internet. Good
A page with links to a few math webquests. Good
METRIC QUEST NEW!
A webquest on the metric system for grades 5-6. “The Worldwide Commission of Measurement (WCM) has put the lives of millions of people into your hands. It has asked you to decide whether or not the United States should be like the rest of the world and change to the metric system of measurement, called metrication.” We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY – WEBQUEST
A money webquest for 1st grade students in which students learn to identify different coins and convert nickels to dimes, etc. Good
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